Liverpool 4-0 Manchester United: Luis Diaz, Mohamed Salah & Sadio Mane score at Anfield

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Liverpool celebrate scoring against Manchester UnitedLiverpool are the first team to score eight goals against Manchester United in a Premier League season

Liverpool outclassed a desperate Manchester United in an embarrassingly one-sided affair at Anfield to go top of the Premier League.

Manchester City can regain their place at the summit against Brighton on Wednesday night but this was another thrilling reminder of how Jurgen Klopp's team are determined to chase them down in the hunt for a historic quadruple.

It was also a graphic illustration of the giant task facing United's manager-elect Erik ten Hag as United were run ragged by the Liverpool powerhouse, the gulf in quality and attitude between the sides a chasm.

United were without Cristiano Ronaldo following the death of his new-born son and both sets of supporters paid a moving tribute with applause in the seventh minute.

Liverpool were already in front by then, Luis Diaz sweeping home Salah's pass before the Egyptian ended his eight-game goalless sequence from Sadio Mane's brilliant pass after 22 minutes.

Mane ended any slim hopes United had of making this a challenging evening for Liverpool with a first-time finish from Diaz's pass in the 69th minute before Salah completed the rout with five minutes left.

After their 5-0 win at Old Trafford in October, Liverpool are the first club to score at least eight Premier League goals against United in a single season.

The victory moves Jurgen Klopp's side two points clear of defending champions City, who have seven matches left to play before facing Brighton at Etihad Stadium on Wednesday.

United, who could have moved level on points with fourth-placed Tottenham, remain sixth. On Saturday, the Red Devils go to fifth-placed Arsenal.

Liverpool a class apart

Liverpool are on an ominous roll and, as against Manchester City in Saturday's FA Cup semi-final, the game was effectively won by half-time following a blistering first 45 minutes.

United were on the rack from the first whistle as United were swept away by wave after wave of Liverpool attacks, all conducted from midfield by the master orchestrator Thiago Alcantara.

Urged on by an exultant Kop, Liverpool simply overwhelmed United as they were quicker, slicker and simply in a different class to their fallen rivals.

Thiago's midfield masterclass earned him a standing ovation when he was replaced by Naby Keita but the performances of Diaz, Mane and Salah were of a similar standard.

Liverpool have thrown down the gauntlet to reigning champions City before their next game and it is hard to see who will find a way to beat them in this type of form.

They have won the Carabao Cup, will face Chelsea in the FA Cup final, are breathing down City's neck in the league and are favourites to progress against Villarreal in the Champions League semi-final.

And the way Liverpool are approaching the decisive stage of the season in such prime condition, nothing looks beyond them.

Mohamed Salah, Sadio Mané and Luis Diaz celebrate Liverpool scoring against Manchester UnitedMohamed Salah, Sadio Mane and Luis Diaz all scored and assisted for Liverpool. It is the second time this season a team has had three players both score and assist a goal in a Premier League match, with the other occasion also being Liverpool against Manchester United

United left humiliated by old enemy

There can be no consolation for United in this abject performance, apart from maybe the fact that Liverpool finished a goal short of inflicting their second 5-0 defeat of the season on the old enemy.

It was still Liverpool's biggest "aggregate" victory over two games in a league season against United, a statistic that does not exaggerate just how far they are adrift.

Make no mistake, it could have been five and more, Liverpool going off the boil for the early part of the second half before returning to the rampant form of the first half to finish United off.

Interim manager Ralf Rangnick has been brutal about his side's failings and they will soon be Ten Hag's problem - and this was so bad it is hard to know where to start.

United were without Ronaldo and were so reduced that defender Phil Jones was drafted in for a rare start. He deserves sympathy rather than criticism because this was the very definition of a hiding to nothing and it was no surprise when he was replaced at half-time.

Liverpool were vastly superior, which can happen, but what was inexcusable was United's lack of fight, heart and even tackling as they looked a beaten team from the moment Diaz put them behind.

There was a very slight improvement after the break - it could not get worse - but even so this was a performance coupled with a dreadful attitude that was an embarrassment to a club of Manchester United's stature.

Player of the match

Thiago AlcántaraThiago Alcántara

with an average of 8.79

Liverpool

  1. Squad number6Player nameThiago Alcántara

  2. Squad number11Player nameMohamed Salah

  3. Squad number10Player nameMané

  4. Squad number23Player nameDíaz

  5. Squad number26Player nameRobertson

  6. Squad number66Player nameAlexander-Arnold

  7. Squad number1Player nameAlisson

  8. Squad number4Player namevan Dijk

  9. Squad number3Player nameFabinho

  10. Squad number32Player nameMatip

  11. Squad number20Player nameDiogo Jota

  12. Squad number14Player nameHenderson

  13. Squad number7Player nameMilner

  14. Squad number8Player nameKeïta

Manchester United

  1. Squad number1Player namede Gea

  2. Squad number25Player nameSancho

  3. Squad number46Player nameMejbri

  4. Squad number4Player nameJones

  5. Squad number14Player nameLingard

  6. Squad number36Player nameElanga

  7. Squad number2Player nameLindelöf

  8. Squad number10Player nameRashford

  9. Squad number31Player nameMatic

  10. Squad number29Player nameWan-Bissaka

  11. Squad number20Player nameDiogo Dalot

  12. Squad number18Player nameBruno Fernandes

  13. Squad number5Player nameMaguire

  14. Squad number6Player namePogba

Line-ups

Liverpool

Formation 4-3-3

  • 1Alisson
  • 66Alexander-Arnold
  • 32Matip
  • 4van Dijk
  • 26Robertson
  • 14Henderson
  • 3FabinhoSubstituted forMilnerat 86'minutes
  • 6Thiago AlcántaraSubstituted forKeïtaat 80'minutesBooked at 86mins
  • 11Salah
  • 10Mané
  • 23DíazSubstituted forJotaat 70'minutes

Substitutes

  • 5Konaté
  • 7Milner
  • 8Keïta
  • 12Gomez
  • 17Jones
  • 20Jota
  • 21Tsimikas
  • 27Origi
  • 62Kelleher

Man Utd

Formation 3-4-2-1

  • 1de Gea
  • 2Lindelöf
  • 4JonesSubstituted forSanchoat 45'minutes
  • 5Maguire
  • 29Wan-Bissaka
  • 6PogbaSubstituted forLingardat 10'minutes
  • 31Matic
  • 20Dalot
  • 18Bruno FernandesBooked at 89mins
  • 36ElangaSubstituted forMejbriat 84'minutesBooked at 88mins
  • 10Rashford

Substitutes

  • 3Bailly
  • 8Mata
  • 14Lingard
  • 25Sancho
  • 26Henderson
  • 27Telles
  • 39McTominay
  • 46Mejbri
  • 75Garnacho Ferreyra

Live Text

  1. Match ends, Liverpool 4, Manchester United 0.

  2. Second Half ends, Liverpool 4, Manchester United 0.

  3. Corner, Liverpool. Conceded by Diogo Dalot.

  4. Attempt missed. Diogo Jota (Liverpool) header from the right side of the six yard box misses to the left. Assisted by Trent Alexander-Arnold with a cross following a corner.

  5. Corner, Liverpool. Conceded by Aaron Wan-Bissaka.

  6. Naby Keïta (Liverpool) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  7. Foul by Hannibal Mejbri (Manchester United).

  8. Bruno Fernandes (Manchester United) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

  9. Trent Alexander-Arnold (Liverpool) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  10. Foul by Bruno Fernandes (Manchester United).

  11. Hannibal Mejbri (Manchester United) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

  12. Attempt blocked. Diogo Jota (Liverpool) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Andrew Robertson.

  13. Substitution, Liverpool. James Milner replaces Fabinho.

  14. Naby Keïta (Liverpool) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

  15. Goal! Liverpool 4, Manchester United 0. Mohamed Salah (Liverpool) left footed shot from the centre of the box to the centre of the goal. Assisted by Diogo Jota with a through ball.

  16. Substitution, Manchester United. Hannibal Mejbri replaces Anthony Elanga.

  17. Offside, Manchester United. Nemanja Matic tries a through ball, but Marcus Rashford is caught offside.

  18. Attempt missed. Jordan Henderson (Liverpool) right footed shot from the right side of the box misses to the left. Assisted by Andrew Robertson with a cross following a corner.

  19. Substitution, Liverpool. Naby Keïta replaces Thiago.

  20. Corner, Liverpool. Conceded by Diogo Dalot.

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