Brendan Rodgers is having a tough time of it. And the underlying heat that always accompanies this fixture spilled over with referee Mark Halsey making a mess of a tackle that one could argue neither players bathed themselves in glory with.
On an upbeat note Lusi Suarez and Patrice Evra managed to shake hands without incident. The sooner the whole handshaking nonsense is abandoned the better, The whole process is a sham perpetuated by the FA. Players who want to greet each other prior to the kick off always will. Most don’t and there really isn’t anything wrong with that.
In the game Liverpool looked more convincing than they have been but they simply couldn’t finish their chances. Luis Suarez is a huge talent but he’s not an out and out striker. I don’t know what Borini is, but I know what he isn’t and he isn’t the answer.
Gerrard remains confident and rightly so, but if Brendan can’t get win against Norwich things will start to look bleak.
We played really well today with 11 men and we played even better with 10, so we’re disappointed to come away from the game with nothing. We showed great determination,” he told Sky Sports.
“You can’t fault any of the players in our dressing room, they gave everything they had. But sometimes that’s not enough against quality teams like Manchester United and they managed to get themselves in front after we took the lead.
“If we keep playing like that and showing that amount of effort and determination, then it will only be a matter of time [before we get our first win].
“If you analyse all of our performances, it’s not that we haven’t been playing good enough – maybe we just need a bit of luck. We’ll keep plugging away and it will come eventually.
“But we know that we need our first win very quickly. It needs to be next week at Norwich.”