Manchester United 0-5 Liverpool. There’s a scoreline we haven’t seen before. Here are five things we learned from a sensational performance at Old Trafford.
Klopp offers surprises
Jurgen Klopp had some surprises in store for his team selection. Admittedly, one of those was forced.
Fabinho didn’t start the game after an injury, meaning we got the same midfield as the last two games. That wasn’t the only surprise, though.
Ibrahima Konate started at the back – something no one saw coming. Sadio Mane began things on the bench, too, with both Diogo Jota and Roberto Firmino starting with Mohamed Salah.
Klopp took risks then. Would they pay off?
United took some risks of their own here. As we wrote ahead of the game, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s XI meant either his team would sit back deep or they’d create a very open game.
Creating an open game against literally the best-attacking team on the planet would be suicide. Yet, that’s what they put up.
Liverpool didn’t hesitate. They created a wonderful goal inside five minutes. By half-time it was 4-0. Within a few minutes of the restart, it was 5-0.
Just unbelievably good.
As always, we should devote a bit of time to Salah. Even on a day when everyone played superbly, the Egyptian found a way to stand out.
Three goals, an assist, and just a magnificent all-around display. There’s not too much left to say about Salah that hasn’t been said in the last few weeks.
He’s the world’s best player. We feel that’s simply a fact right now.
There’s a distance
There are three title challengers right now and Liverpool made that emphatically clear at Old Trafford. United 0-5 Liverpool will do that.
The Reds are firmly in the mix – favourites, we believe – while Manchester City and Chelsea will contend. United, though, are levels and levels behind.
There’s no doubt about that anymore. Finish above Chelsea and City, and Liverpool will be champions again.
So what now?
This was supposed to be Liverpool’s toughest game remaining in 2021. It wasn’t, of course, but it does go to show that the fixture list will open up a bit for a run of form.
Liverpool should title first place by Christmas once again as they look to get that trophy back. Anyone watching this must believe they can do just that.