Jurgen Klopp believes Xherdan Shaqiri helped prompt a "massive improvement" from Liverpool against Manchester United.

Shaqiri made his first Premier League start in 13 months in Sunday's goalless draw at home to the league leaders.

The Swiss, operating in a midfield role, impressed during a first half in which Liverpool dominated before being substituted with 14 minutes remaining.

And Klopp said: "Shaq is in a really good shape. Maybe he could have played a little bit longer but I was not sure.

"It had been a long time without playing (from the start) but he was really good, especially in the first half-an-hour. Shaq was really there and helped massively.

"There were a lot of really good individual performances. If you think of the last two games, this was a massive improvement and that's important. It was much more us if not completely us."

Despite Shaqiri's lively display, Liverpool failed to hit the target for the third league game running with Roberto Firmino guilty of a poor miss after a fine pass from Shaqiri allowed Sadio Mane to tee up the Brazilian.

And Klopp admits his team were indebted to Alisson Becker after the goalkeeper saved from Bruno Fernandes and Paul Pogba in the closing stages.

"It isn't the first time and won't be the last when if you don't use your early chances, it won't become easier in the game," said the Reds boss, speaking to liverpoolfc.com.

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"They had two really big chances where we needed Ali. My God, what a goalie he is. Not a lot to do but then 'bam' 'bam' twice, it's really great.

"We had a really big one with Bobby, I don't know exactly how that happened, how the ball did not go in.

"That is the situation at the moment. We just have to keep working and keep believing. We don't score enough goals at the moment."