Liverpool passed one of their biggest test’s remining in the Premier League with ease.
The Merseyside club thrashed Manchester United 4-0 at Anfield to leapfrog Manchester City at the top of the Premier League table.
United’s low chances of getting a result against a rampant Liverpool side dwindled even further with Cristiano Ronaldo missing the clash after suffering a family tragedy.
It took the hosts no time at all to find the back of the net as Luis Diaz finished off a quick-hitting counter-attack right in front of David De Gea’s goal from an exquisite Mohamed Salah cross before five minutes had passed in the game.
The Anfield crowd then showed their support for the missing Ronaldo in the in the seventh minute.
The visitor’s problems got worse in the 10th minute when Paul Pogba limped off injured.
Ralf Rangnick’s side struggled to get a foothold in the game and soon shipped a second goal to no ones surprise.
Salah scored his first of the night, slotting home past De Gea from Sadio Mane’s no-look pass into the area after a well-orchestrated team move.
The Egyptian international snapped an eight-game scoreless streak for club and country with his goal.
Man United, meanwhile, failed to register a single shot in the first half as Liverpool took a 2-0 lead into the break.
Manchester United improved after half-time, but Liverpool came to life after a sleepy restart out of the dressing room with Diaz setting up Mane for a clinical first-time finish to put the hosts three goals ahead.
Salah added further gloss to the score-line, chipping the ball over De Gea’s head after being played in by Diogo Jota to ensure they provisionally moved ahead of Man City in the table.
The win puts Jurgen Klopp’s side on 76 points from 32 games, two ahead of Pep Guardiola’s Man City, who play their game in hand against Brighton & Hove Albion today.
Liverpool are now riding a 13-game Premier League unbeaten streak, the longest active such streak in Europe’s top-5 leagues and the longest for the Reds since a 27 game run between August 2019 and February 2020.
With only a handful of games left in the Premier League they still need City to drop points to stand a chance at an unprecedented quadruple.
As for United, it was another miserable night as they are now without a win in their last eight league matches with Liverpool and have failed to score in five of their last six trips to Anfield.
The Red-Devils only managed 2 shots on goal and surrendered 72 percent of the possession as they limp towards the end of another unsuccessful campaign.
United dropped below Arsenal on goal difference, falling to sixth place in the table on 54 points, having played two games more than the Gunners.