Having won every single away game in their season so far this season, Liverpool head into the big game against Manchester United determined to continue that. They maintained their perfect record & recorded back-to-back 5-0 wins in the Premier League by absolutely hammering the Red Devils at their own back yard.
The Reds made a brilliant start to the game, taking the lead in the 5th minute itself when Mo Salah superbly sent Naby Keita free inside the box and the midfielder scored without any hesitation.
Liverpool doubled their lead 8 minutes later, capitalizing on defensive mistake clinically – with Trent Alexander-Arnold setting up a tap-in for Diogo Jota. Mo Salah then got his customary goal in the 38th, converting from Keita’s pass to make it 3-0!
Salah wasn’t done with that and scored another one late in the first half, finishing emphatically from close range in the 50th (45+5) minute to make it 4-0! That was the first time in PL history that Liverpool scored 4 goals in the first half against United. They were ruthless & capitalized on their opponents’ shakiness perfectly to pound on their misery.
Jurgen Klopp’s side weren’t done by that. Salah completed his hat-trick in the 50th minute, cleverly dinking one past the goalkeeper to make it 5-0! Liverpool seemingly had mercy on a 10-man United side after that, being content with a 5-0 win – their biggest at Old Trafford in PL history. If that isn’t a statement of intent of their intent to win the league title this season, nothing can!
Liverpool Player Ratings at Manchester United
Jurgen Klopp (10) –
Klopp garnered some concerning reactions by starting Jota & Konate over Mane and Matip for the big game, but it worked out splendidly. Jota scored & assisted one, while Konate successfully kept Ronaldo quiet. Everything worked out for Klopp’s side today and that was because of how impeccably he tactically outwitted his opposition manager.
He ensured LFC never let their performance levels dropped & stayed very sharp to force United into making mistakes. His side came up with a 5-star performance today and Klopp deserves absolute credit for that. Some away winning run he’s created this season and it’ll be a big task to ensure this momentum keeps on until the end of the season.
Alisson (7.0) –
Alisson reacts sharply in the 29th to parry away Greenwood’s swirling shot. Did well to deny Ronaldo late in the first half. Not really tested in the second half but really looked very sharp all game long to get his clean sheet.
Trent Alexander-Arnold (8.5) –
Alexander-Arnold faces a daunting task against the speedy Rashford today. Picked out Jota with a brilliant pass for his goal. Deserved a goal in the 71st after hitting an excellent shot onto the top corner but was denied by De Gea’s heroics.
Trent excelled under the pressure today, creating 4 goal-scoring chances and being near-perfect at the back to stop Rashford or anywhere else from creating chances down his side. That a ‘best right-back in the world’ kinda performance.
Virgil Van Dijk (7.5) –
Van Dijk had a commendable first half – dealing with United’s pacey attacks well and making a timely clearance to deny a potential goal for Ronaldo late on. Didn’t really have much to do in the second half but commanded a solid defensive shape to help his side get the clean sheet.
Ibrahima Konate (8.5) –
A surprising start for the summer signing, who plays his first big game in England. Looks confident under pressure, making dominant challenges to avert danger. Allowed Ronaldo to go past him to score a goal in the 52nd, but fortunately, that was ruled out by VAR.
That was a brilliant defensive outing from Konate against some one of Ronaldo’s pedigree. Made 7 clearances & won 3 duels and actually outperformed Van Dijk on the day!
Andy Robertson (7.5) –
Robbo did a pretty good job keeping Greenwood quiet in the first half and displayed impressive energy as always to cover a lot of ground down his side. Kinda lucky not to be at fault for conceding a goal in the 52nd, when it looked like he played Ronaldo onside for his potential goal – but it turned out to be offside!
A bit faulty with his position at times in the second half but did a relatively solid job to keep United quiet down his side.
James Milner (N/R) –
Milner was a surprise starter and struggled against the intensity of the game. Gave away the ball too many times and picked up an injury around the 25th minute, forcing him to be subbed.
Jordan Henderson (8.5) –
Henderson has been leading like a leader from the get-go, persisting influencing teammates to get the ball forward to pressurize United’s defence. Very comfortable in the first half and worked hard to close down opportunities for United.
Gets among the goals himself in the second half, making an exceptional outside-of-the-foot pass to set up Salah’s third. A true captain’s performance from Hendo to rule the show at Old Trafford.
Naby Keita (9.0) –
Keita’s impressive run continues as he made a clever forward run before finishing smartly to put LFC ahead. Brilliant won back possession from the United players before helping create the second. And then smartly gets free into the box before setting up Salah’s goal with a clever pass.
Naby might’ve been defensively a bit shaky, but absolutely ran the show in United’s half and put up his best performance in LFC colours. It ended in dismal fashion as he had to be stretched off after enduring a two-footed lunge from Pogba – causing an injury. He’ll hope it isn’t anything serious.
Diogo Jota (8.5) –
Jota surprisingly replaces Sadio Mane in this one. Justifies his start, scoring the second goal with a simple yet smart finish. Smartly found the ball inside the box before picking out Salah for his second goal. Not that proactive in the second half, but a very clinical performance from the Portuguese forward.
Roberto Firmino (7.5) –
Bobby had a big chance to double LFC’s lead minutes after the opener, but struck a shot straight at De Gea. Troubled United with his movement and played a decent part in creating Salah’s second. Supported his fellow attackers really well and produced some slick link-up play.
Mo Salah (10) –
The best player in the world makes a strong start, smartly losing Shaw’s marker and picking out Keita for his goal. Got a huge chance to score by being played through on goal in the 31st, but his shot was saved well. Gets his goal anyways a bit later, clinically finishing from Keita’s pass. Has now scored in his 10th consecutive game this season!
Wasn’t done with that, as he said ‘thank you very much’ to being left free inside the box late in the first half before clinically finishing past De Gea. Completes his hattrick early in the second half, latching onto Hendo’s pass before cleverly dinking one past De Gea. That’s now consecutive PL hattricks for him. Well and truly the best in the world!
Curtis Jones (7.5) –
Did a really good job in helping LFC control the midfield battle after coming on, being a snappy energetic figure and helping move the ball forward quickly.
Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain (N/R) –
Oxlade-Chamberlain came at a time when the game was seemingly done and dusted but tried to get his own goal late on, with his shot going over the bar.
Sadio Mane (N/R) –
Quite proactive in attack in the last 10 minutes or so but not unable to help his side score a 6th.
MAN OF THE MATCH
Mo Salah ruled the show and again proved himself as the best in the world with a hattrick and an assist. There’s nobody who deserves the MOTM over him today.