The cap of a poor season, the draw ended the Reds chances of returning to their European glories of the past, and it ramped the pressure up on head coach Brendan Rodgers, whose tactical style was criticised by a large selection of Anfield favourites. Although limited by injuries, the coach started the game with the fatigued Rickie Lambert alone up front, before substituting the 32-year-old at half-time and playing the entire second half with no recognisable striker on the pitch despite the Reds needing two goals.
To recover from that defeat, and kick-start their season in earnest, Liverpool travel to Old Trafford looking to overcome an equally lacklustre Manchester United side - but one who have five straight victories to their name. They came out with three points against Southampton on Monday evening, despite a dreadful performance, and there appears to be a resilience about the Red Devils not seen since Alex Ferguson’s tenure at the club.
In the same fixture last season, Liverpool stormed to a 3-0 victory over their big rivals courtesy of goals from Luis Suarez and a brace of penalties from Steven Gerrard. It was one of many memorable victories in the Reds close fight for the Premier League title, and Liverpool midfielder Joe Allen is keen on achieving the same feat this season.
Speaking to the official Liverpool website, Allen said: “We had a fantastic result there last season, so we'll be looking to draw some confidence and inspiration from that performance and we'll go there and try to get the win.
“They are great games to play in between two clubs who are massive globally and there's a great rivalry between the clubs. These matches are great to be a part of.
“Last season it was a great feeling to go to Old Trafford and get the three points and all of the players want that feeling again.”