Liverpool demolish Manchester United
Manchester United were provided with a severe lesson in just where they stand in English football at present as a rampant Liverpool put five past David De Gea at Old Trafford.
Naby Keita opened the scoring, before Diogo Jota added a second before a quarter of an hour was played. Mohamed Salah added two more before half-time, and completed his hat-trick just after, before Manchester United were reduced to ten men on the hour.
Mo Salah’s 105th Premier League goal sees him pass Didier Drogba as the highest-scoring African in league history 🇪🇬👑 pic.twitter.com/qUPHT7LHMo
— B/R Football (@brfootball) October 24, 2021
In truth, Liverpool opted for mercy after that, and could have scored several more had they continued attacking with the same verve. However, they took their foot off the throat of their opponents, perhaps more damning of the divide between the clubs than anything else could be.
The only two blemishes on the day for Jurgen Klopp’s side were a pair of injuries to midfielders. In the first half, James Milner was forced off with what appeared to be a hamstring injury, and was replaced by Curtis Jones.
Then, just before the hour, a high challenge for which Paul Pogba saw red for also saw Naby Keita leave the pitch on a stretcher, with fears about the length of injury evident on the Liverpool bench.
Update provided on quartet of midfielders
Also absent from the side that travelled to Old Trafford were Liverpool pair Thiago and Fabinho, with neither with the squad. However, ahead of their Carabao Cup tie with Preston North End, the Reds have provided an update on all four players.
Sadly for Liverpool, it seems that they will be without James Milner for the foreseeable future, with the England man having picked up a hamstring strain which will see him miss the next few games.
Lijnders: “Millie felt his hamstring getting tight. Looks like he’s out until the international break.”
— Paul Gorst (@ptgorst) October 26, 2021
Equally, Thiago is not available for either Preston nor Brighton, although he could well be back after that. There is better news on Keita, with the injury proving to be “just a bruise”.
Lijnders: “VAR is there to make the game honest, to protect players. It was a bad tackle on Naby but it’s just a bruise. It’s looking better and better.”
Thiago still not available. “Brighton will be close, but probably not. He’s almost back.”
Fabinho not ruled out for Sat.
— Paul Gorst (@ptgorst) October 26, 2021
Additionally, Fabinho’s injury was not specified but he was not ruled out by the club, which will come as a massive boost to Reds fans.
This article was edited by Josh Barker.
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