Liverpool and Manchester United played to a high-profile stalemate at Anfield Monday, settling for a 0-0 draw under the bright lights of their first matchup of the season.
A year to the day that Jurgen Klopp took charge at Liverpool, the Reds entered in fine form as winners of four straight, and they could have vaulted into a tie for first with Manchester City and Arsenal with a win, but Emre Can and Philippe Coutinho were expertly denied by David De Gea, who was immense on the game's two true opportunities.
The match started with a tactical standstill, as neither club could find an attacking rhythm, combining for a single shot from inside the penalty area and playing to a scoreless first half.
Zlatan Ibrahimovic had United's best chance in the 55th minute on a close-range header, but he could only direct it across the goal mouth and not on frame.
Liverpool countered minutes later through Can, who forced a tremendous diving save from De Gea.
De Gea answered the bell again with an acrobatic effort after Philippe Coutinho curled a perfect effort earmarked for the upper right-hand corner, only for the Spaniard to swat it to safety in the 71st minute.
As it turned out, the pre-game festivities, which included a four-legged pitch invader enjoying a pre-match run and a rendition of You'll Never Walk Alone belted out with the typical Anfield gusto, were two of the highlights of the day as the teams combined for just four shots on goal.
Liverpool remains in fourth place, two points out of first, while Manchester United remains in seventh, three points behind the Reds.
United has won just once in its last five league matches, going 1-2-2 in that span.