Liverpool absolutely smoked Manchester United as they scored 7 past the red devils to hand them their worst-ever defeat against Liverpool in Premier League history.
Erik ten Hag accused Manchester United of unprofessionalism after they endured a humiliating and historic 7-0 defeat at their arch-rivals, Liverpool.
The United manager was furious following a disgraceful second-half performance from his team in which Liverpool ran riot, scoring six times to add to Cody Gakpo’s goal that had given the Reds a slender one-goal lead just before the end of what had been a fascinating and largely even first half.
To add injury to the salt, Manchester United tried to sign Gakpo but couldn’t in the previous transfer window.
For Liverpool, it was raining goals. They weren’t looking like the same Liverpool we were used to seeing the whole season. Manchester United were all over the place defensively and Liverpool definitely capitalized on that.
Liverpool were clinical and lethal with their finishing which led to Mohamed Salah scoring twice to become Liverpool’s leading goalscorer in the Premier League era while Gakpo and Darwin Núñez also scored twice each. Roberto Firmino, given a rousing reception after it emerged he intends to leave Anfield on a free transfer this summer, came off the bench to complete the record‑breaking rout.
It was Liverpool’s biggest victory against their great rivals, surpassing a 7-1 win in the second division in 1895, equalled United’s worst defeat – 7-0 against Blackburn in 1926, Aston Villa in 1930 and Wolves in 1931 – and was the Old Trafford club’s heaviest loss for 92 years. An embarrassed Ten Hag did not spare his players from cutting criticism in a post-match dressing down.
The United manager said: “It is quite obvious, it was unprofessional. First half, I think we were the better team – we created the better chances and had two one-on-ones with the goalie. Before half-time, we made one organisational mistake and conceded a goal. We were in the game. It really surprised me after half-time, we gave the game [away] so quickly.
“So then it is 3-0 and the game is lost, but as a team you have to stick together. That is what we didn’t do. It is a surprise for me, I didn’t see this from my team. I don’t think it is us. I don’t think it is Manchester United. It was really bad, really poor.”
This win would definitely act as a confidence boost for Klopp’s team as they face Madrid in the Champions League and would try to come back from being 3 goals down in the first leg.