Liverpool might’ve needed a stoppage time goal to put Manchester United away, but the Reds outclassed their rivals on Sunday at Anfield.
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It was a righteous beatdown of the visitors, who were without Paul Pogba and Marcus Rashford but looked more like a relegated-threatened side than one of the most successful clubs in football history.
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Andy Robertson — 7 — Typical strength from the hard-working Scot.
Joe Gomez — 7
Virgil Van Dijk — 8 — Scored the decisive goal and was almost imperious at the back.
Jordan Henderson — 8 — One of his best days in the shirt, winning numerous tackles and deprived of a delightful goal by De Gea.
Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain (Out 66′) — 7
Sadio Mane (Out 83′) — 5 — If he’s anywhere near his average self, he has a first half hat trick.
Mohamed Salah — 7 — Tied for a match-high shots with Mane, but had more of an edge and found a deserved goal late.
Roberto Firmino (Out 83′) — 7 — A game-high six dribbles to go with plenty of industry.
Adam Lallana (66′) — 7
Divock Origi (83′) — N/A
Fabinho (83′) — N/A
David De Gea — 7 — An incredible save on Jordan Henderson on a day he had so little help.
Luke Shaw (Off 87′) — 5
Harry Maguire — 4 — Tried to do too much in his first match as full-time United captain.
Victor Lindelof — 4
Aaron Wan-Bissaka — 6 — One of few standouts on the day, with loads of energy and few ready to meet his level.
Brandon Williams (Out 75′) — 6
Nemanja Matic — 6
Fred — 7 — One of the few United players to bring effort and sharpness, but his shooting was off. Only Van Dijk attempted more passes.
Andreas Pereira (Out 75′) — 3 — Don’t let his ability to produce an edge of your seat moment detract from 16-of-26 passing and dreadful inconsistency.
Daniel James — 5
Anthony Martial — 4 — Blazed a perfect chance to tie the match over the bar, and effort wasn’t there.
Juan Mata (In 75′) — N/A
Mason Greenwood (In 75′) — N/A
Diogo Dalot (In 87′) — N/AFollow @NicholasMendola