He'll never walk alone

Suárez is last out of the tunnel at the start, and offers a toothy grin as he takes his place for the handshakes. There are the inevitable boos from the Old Trafford faithful – but the Liverpool fans support their man, singing long and loud; he greets the applause with a grateful thumbs-up.

Second half saviour?

Not quite. Liverpool still haven't scored in the second half this season, but while Suárez started slowly – misplaced passes, blocked shots – he grew into the game. His best moment came in the 70th minute – taking the ball down from a corner, cutting inside the box past Jonny Evans and firing a swerving shot into side-netting. Next, after a foul by Phil Jones, he thunders a free-kick against the crossbar. So close.

Liverpool's SAS

The budding relationship between Daniel Sturridge and Suárez was interrupted last season. Back together there were issues in the first half, with plenty of cross words and exasperated arm-waving. As the game wore on things improved, with many of Liverpool's best moments involving interplay between the two. Promising signs, but not enough to save this game for Brendan Rodgers

Front three could spell trouble

Much has been made of Philippe Coutinho's bright start to the season – out through injury here, Victor Moses took the place in the front three, but the link-up play with Suárez was poor throughout, as Moses took up positions the Uruguayan would usually look to fill. Whether this is a personnel or tactical issue is something Rodgers is going to have to work out to get the best from his top striker.

A performance lacking in bite

This was certainly not vintage Suárez – lots of nearly moments but no end-product. But there was also little of the usual harrying of defenders one associates with the striker. Does this mark the start of a new, calmer Suárez?