Liverpool crush Man United as quadruple chase intensifies

Liverpool outclassed a demoralised Manchester United in an embarrassingly one-sided game at Anfield to go top of the Premier League and keep their historic quadruple attempt on track.

Manchester City can regain their place at the summit against Brighton on Thursday night but Liverpool are making the champions fight every step of the way.

Mo Salah scored twice for the home side while United were missing Cristiano Ronaldo following the death of his new-born son. Both sets of supporters paid a moving tribute to his family with applause in the seventh minute.

Liverpool already were a goal to the good through Luis Diaz, who finished after a Salah pass. The Egyptian then ended his eight-game goalless streak from Sadio Mane’s brilliant assist on 22 minutes.

Mane made it three on 69 minutes while Salah capped the dominant display with a goal five minutes from time.

United, who could have moved level on points with fourth-placed Tottenham, stay sixth. On Sunday they go to fifth-placed Arsenal.

Liverpool legend Graeme Souness, speaking on Sky Sports, said: “Under pressure Manchester United just couldn’t keep the ball. If you come to Anfield and want to have any chance of getting a result you have to be able to keep the ball and they just couldn’t do that.

“This is a truly fabulous Liverpool team and they are on the brink of true greatness.

“There isn’t a Manchester United player that would get in this Liverpool team. United are a truly enormous club but how far they’ve been allowed to drift was exposed tonight.”

Former United captain Roy Keane was morose.

“It’s not anger now, it’s sadness,” Keane said. “There are no leaders, they lack quality. There is disarray at the club from the top. They need a new manager, they need players in and players out. It’s so sad to see. It’s not the club I played for. It’s chalk and cheese. I don’t see a Manchester United team out there fighting and with pride.”

United legend Paul Scholes agreed.

“I’ve probably lost a little bit of anger towards it now, I feel saddened really,” Scholes said.

“They lack belief. They lack a way of playing. I think I’d prefer to talk about Liverpool. They’ve been sensational, an absolute masterclass on how to control a game of football. I love watching Thiago. I said I’m saddened by United, I’d like to see them give a little bit of effort. It looks like the last place in the world they want to be. They want the season to be over. They want to move on. 

“Unfortunately, there is no hiding place. You can’t come to Anfield and be like that. A lot of fans have travelled a long way, it is disgusting to watch. That is where the club are at the minute.”

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