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Liverpool Thrash United; Still a Long Way Before Erik Ten Hag Era?

Updated: Aug 1, 2023

Liverpool FC

In the highly-rated derby of Liverpool vs Manchester United at Anfield, before which Klopp and his side were facing criticism for a poor run of form, questions were being raised about the forwards that Liverpool has signed; Gakpo, Nunez, and Salah gave the proper answer to their critiques by each one of them scoring two goals and Firmino adding one at the very end. Liverpool thrashed Man United by 7-0 at their home and the dream run for Eric Ten Hag and United after winning League Cup came to an end in their Premier League. It will sting for United and Ten Hag for a long time after getting thrashed by their arch-rivals; after ending a trophy drought for 6 seasons by winning the League Cup final against New Castle United.

In the 1st half, a silly positional mistake by Fred led to a goal scored by Cody Gakpo who has been facing lots of criticism since he arrived at Liverpool in this January transfer window. All the Liverpool forwards were pumped up in the second half and they got two early goals as the game resumed making it 3-0 and this is when United's shoulders dropped. This was followed by United's poor passing, poor tackling in their defense, and Liverpool's forwards' sharpness to grab all those opportunities and score. Even Casemiro and Lisandro Martinez looked miserable in the second half.

United got a few opportunities in their first half. Bruno and Rashford missed two opportunities

and in the rest of the match, Liverpool's defense looked solid. There is not much to write about United but for United fans, it is the question of the week how Ten Hag is gonna turn this team's mentality around this season for the second time after that 4-0 loss against Brentford? Too many games within a short period in the form of a League Cup final, FA Cup, and Premier League may have been exhaustive both mentally and Physically for these players especially given the limited squad depth, but Ten Hag refused to give that excuse in a post-match interview.

United will play Real Betis in their Europa League tie next and Liverpool will be looking to revive their season post this amazing victory. The end of the season will only tell us where both teams will stand.


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