Liverpool produced a legendary Anfield display in the 240th edition of the North-West’s flagship derby, beating eternal rivals Manchester United 7-0 to emphatically add fuel to their chase for a seventh straight top-four finish.
However, it was United dynamo Bruno Fernandes who spurned the game’s first golden chance, glancing his header narrowly wide from six yards out as both teams fought for control.
A scrappy first half then had a full-blooded finale, as Casemiro’s headed goal was ruled out for offside, before Cody Gakpo gave Liverpool the lead with a composed finish from 10 yards, sending Anfield wild.
A dinked cross from youngster Harvey Elliott saw the Uruguayan unable to miss from a matter of yards, giving the Reds what looked like an unassailable lead.
It was just a matter of when the fourth would arrie, and Salah eventually obliged with 25 minutes to go, as the Egypt international smashed in a howitzer of an effort to become the first Liverpool player to score in six consecutive appearances against Manchester United.
The next goal on an awful afternoon for the Red Devils came in the form of another Núñez header, which saw hordes of visiting supporters leave the stadium.
They tapped in goals number six and seven with insulting ease to cap off a thoroughly memorable afternoon for the Anfield faithful, while rubber-stamping Liverpool’s first seven-goal haul against the Red Devils since April 1916.