Liverpool gave it their all and Mohamed Salah became the club’s Premier League record holder as Manchester United were swept away in a thrilling game at Anfield.
Renaissance United under manager Erik ten Hag already have a measurable reward in the form of the Carabao Cup but Liverpool have brutally beaten their progress.
Liverpool took control of a tight game in which Bruno Fernandes and Marcus Rashford both missed good chances, while ex-Old Trafford striker Cody Gakpo safely completed Andy Robertson’s perfect pass two minutes before the break. The second half was a tale of pure joy for Liverpool and relentless agony for United, beginning in the 47th minute when Darwin Nunez’s header reflected across from Harvey Elliott past goalkeeper David de Gea.
Salah got Lisandro Martinez to play for Gakpo and ended the game in style three minutes later, after which the Egyptian returned to his long-standing role as United’s bully and stepped onto the sheet.
Salah completed a quick counterattack with a high shot past De Gea and the escape continued when Nunez headed in another header from a Jordan Henderson cross. Salah became Liverpool’s top scorer in the Premier League in sixth place with 129 goals, overtaking Robbie Fowler. He is also Liverpool’s top scorer against Manchester United with 11 goals, including 10 in his last five games.
Roberto Firmino – who has announced he will leave Liverpool at the end of the season – capped off an outstanding game with a 7-0 win from close range.