Pogba finds Martial with a clever cross-field ball and he moves it on to Fernandes, who scuttles forwards and shapes to shoot from close range.
Fabinho gets across and blocks. He’s been absolutely massive for Liverpool in the centre of defence.
Liverpool have an iron grip on possession, Shaqiri, Mane, Firmino and Salah all menacing De Gea without getting a clear shot on target.
Mane bursts past Aaron Wan-Bissaka on the left, with the right-back lucky not to catch him on the heels in the box after mistiming his attempt to win the ball.
Time for the second half
The players are back out on the pitch and ready for the restart.
Can Liverpool re-establish their early dominance? Can United nab a winner on the counter? Let’s find out.
Half time, Liverpool 0-0 Manchester United
Liverpool probably shaded the first half overall, but United grew into the game and looked confident going into the break.
It’s a proper nail-biter, this one. We could be in for a tense finish.
Thiago loses the ball high up the pitch, then sprints back and clips Pogba as he looks to counter-attack.
United come forwards, but Liverpool smother them. It might be goalless but this has been a fascinating game so far.
Wijnaldum and Mane combine well on the edge of the box, but United’s defenders converge on them and spoil the move.
Paul Pogba nearly sends Rashford through one-on-one with a raking pass from deep, but Alisson reads it well and intercepts. The offside flag goes up as well, though it was incredibly tight.
Liverpool go close!
It’s end-to-end stuff now, Salah breaking down the left and drawing Maguire into an uncomfortable position out wide. Cutting inside, he eventually finds Firmino who shoots straight at David de Gea. His finishing hasn’t been too clever so far.
Shaqiri gets the first caution of the game after tripping Shaw on the edge of the area.
Fernandes steps up, strikes the free kick perfectly and puts his head in his hands as it drifts inches wide.
United are gradually finding their rhythm, Fernandes winning a promising free kick from Fabinho.
This time, he finds Maguire in the box. He can’t get a shot on goal and, regardless, he’s flagged for offside.
Wijnaldum gives away a free kick in midfield and Bruno Fernandes steps up to take it.
He pings the ball to Shaw on the left, who flicks it back into the danger zone. Once again, Fabinho is there to clear.
A mistake from Maguire sees Liverpool win the ball high up the field. Wijnaldum has a shot blocked and Shaqiri curls over.
United look far likelier to concede first. The visitors are struggling to get out of their final third at the moment.
United are on the back foot here, with Thiago pulling the strings for Liverpool.
Robertson cuts inside from the left and sets up Shaqiri for an effort from distance, which is deflected out for a corner. The hosts get a succession of deliveries into the box to no avail, play ebbs and flows and then, eventually, the ball falls for Salah to thrash over the crossbar.
Liverpool should be 1-0 up.
Shaqiri drops deep before playing a beautiful diagonal ball to Sadio Mane, who tees up Firmino in space. He shoots well wide when he should at least have hit the target.
Roberto Firmino works an opening just outside the box, but his shot is blocked by Harry Maguire.
The rebound falls to Robertson, who attempts a first-time finish but slices it high and wide.
Thiago Alcantara shows beautiful footwork to dance past Fred on the edge of the area, but his final ball to Mohamed Salah is slightly overcooked.
Anthony Martial combines well with Luke Shaw on the left flank and makes a bursting run forward, finding Marcus Rashford ahead of him.
Rashford gets a tricky cross into the box with Martial on the charge, but Fabinho clears.
Liverpool have the first chance of the match, Shaqiri moving the ball to Georginio Wijnaldum who ferries it on to Andy Robertson in a dangerous position.
Robertson scuffs his shot from a tight angle. An early let-off for United, there.
Kick off imminent
The teams are out, ‘You’ll Never Walk Alone’ is echoing around Anfield and we’re almost underway.
First, a minute’s applause for Gerry Marsden, the man who popularised Liverpool’s pre-match anthem, who died earlier this month.
Solskajer talks up Liverpool’s injury problems
“Balance is always a key word in football,” Solskjaer tells Sky, when asked about his approach to the game. “To find the right temperament [is important] as well, but [so is] finding the right balance between when you go high and press and when you drop deep.
“Of course, we might get opportunities to counter-attack because they’re missing a few centre-backs with [Joe] Gomez, [Virgil] Van Dijk and Matip all out. That’s an area that we hopefully can make use of. It’s no secret that they are better off when the other centre-backs are there, but that’s the way football is.”
Joel Matip still out
Liverpool hoped that they would be able to call on Matip this weekend after he returned to full training a few days ago – easing their long-running defensive injury crisis – but Klopp has clearly decided not to rush him back.
That means that Jordan Henderson will continue as a makeshift centre-back, with Xherdan Shaqiri coming into the midfield.
The hunter or the hunted?
It’s still too early in the season to be talking about title deciders but, as things stand, this game could certainly change the dynamic at the top of the table.
Winless in three in the Premier League, Liverpool dropped off the summit after their defeat to Southampton earlier in the month.
Manchester United, meanwhile, are unbeaten in 11 league fixtures, a run which has seen them overtake their fierce rivals and establish a three-point gap between them. While Leicester went second with victory against Southampton on Saturday, reducing United’s lead at the top to a single point, this still has to go down as a meeting between the established favourites.
Thanks to the disruption caused by the pandemic, Liverpool last faced United almost exactly 12 months ago. That game, also at Anfield, ended in a 2-0 win for the hosts.
While the match doesn’t need much more hype than that, Jurgen Klopp did his best in his pre-match press conference. “It’s Liverpool against United and that itself is a massive game,” he said.
“Wherever I would be in the world and there’s a television, I will watch it definitely. This is the game.”
Asked whether he’d have preferred to face United as league leaders as opposed to one of the chasing pack, Klopp said: “Both are pressure, because you either want to have something you don’t have in the moment or, if you’re top, you want a bigger lead or a bigger gap.
“I find it easier to be the hunter, the chaser, the challenger if you want, but maybe that’s because I wasn’t in the other situation as often in my life. We will see. My players obviously deal with both situations pretty well so far and that is absolutely fine.”
Solskjaer, meanwhile, did his best to keep his players’ feet on the ground before the match. “It’s a test and reality check for where we are really at, because Liverpool at Anfield is one of the great challenges,” he said. “We have won many, many tight games, scored a few goals in injury time.
“We have not really set the world alight too many times. To win away at Anfield you really need to be at your best level.
“I would rather be on top and have the points than chasing. But we are the challengers, we are the hunters chasing the champions. It’s over the course of a long season and they’re the ones that everyone would like to beat.”