It was billed as a heavyweight clash between two longtime rivals, but only one team showed its pedigree as a top-class Premier League side as Liverpool routed Manchester United 5-0 at Old Trafford on Sunday.
Mo Salah led the way for the Reds with a hat trick, while Naby Keita and Diogo Jota also found the mark for the rampant visitors.
The match was effectively over within the opening quarter-hour as Liverpool struck twice inside that time frame and continued to pile on the goals. Liverpool had a 4-0 halftime lead and cruised through the second half with the knowledge that the victory was well in hand, although Keita's early exit following a hard challenge by Paul Pogba — who was ejected for the tackle — will be of concern for manager Jurgen Klopp going forward.
The superstar takes down Jones in a battle for the ball, and kicks the ball under the prone player that brings everyone over to the corner. The yellow card stands after a VAR check determines that the kick struck the ball and not the player.
Salah shoots from the top of the penalty area but the ball is blocked. It rolls fortuitously to Keita on the right-hand side, who has all the time he needs to send in a hard cross back into the goalmouth that Salah hits first time for Liverpool's third of the day.
A poor back pass by Rashford spring Salah down the right side. He charges into the penalty area from near the byline, giving him almost no angle to shoot at. Still, he hits a point-blank effort that de Gea does well to block.
The United full back strikers a low shot hard, and it breezes inches past the far post. The attempt comes off a better spell of play for the hosts, but Liverpool 'keeper Alisson has still yet to be properly tested.
The visitors double their lead after United get all mixed up at the back. That leaves two Liverpool players wide open at the back post, including Jota, who slides in to knock the ball into the open net.
And just like that, Liverpool charge down the field and score the opener. A frantic counterattack cuts open the United defence, and eventually Keita is put through alone on goal. He easily slips it past De Gea.