Liverpool player ratings vs Man Utd: Cody Gakpo delivers Anfield masterclass as Reds destroy old rivals

Cody Gakpo Liverpool 2022-23
The Dutchman was the star of the show as the Anfield outfit hammered United 7-0 on a historic afternoon on Merseyside

Liverpool’s Champions League hopes are very much alive and kicking after they sensationally tore high-flying Manchester United apart on a historic afternoon at Anfield.

Two superb goals from Cody Gakpo, two from Darwin Nunez and two from Mohamed Salah, plus an emotional strike from substitute Roberto Firmino, gave the Reds an incredible 7-0 win over their fierce rivals, and moves them up to fifth in the Premier League in the process. 

On a quite remarkable day, the thrashing represents the biggest winning margin ever in the fixture, beating the record set all the way back in October 1895, when the sides were competing in the Second Division.

Having scored four and five against United in the league last season, Liverpool somehow went not one, but two better this time.

GOAL rates Liverpool's players from Anfield...

  1. Goalkeeper & Defence
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    Goalkeeper & Defence

    Alisson Becker (7/10):

    Got away with a nightmare moment in the second half. Otherwise fuss-free.

    Trent Alexander-Arnold (8/10):

    Some great switches, and was switched on defensively.

    Ibrahima Konate (7/10):

    Should have scored, but did his main duties well.

    Virgil van Dijk (7/10):

    Held the high line well under pressure and played with composure amid the maelstrom.

    Andy Robertson (9/10):

    Brilliant pass to create Gakpo's opening goal, and was superb throughout. A top performance.

  2. Midfield
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    Fabinho (7/10):

    Booked in the first half, so had to tread carefully. Feeling his way back into form gradually.

    Harvey Elliott (8/10):

    A couple of poor giveaways, but a lovely assist for Nunez and loads of endeavour. Played well.

    Jordan Henderson (7/10):

    Poor first half. Much better after the break. Good cross for the fifth goal.

  3. Attack
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    Mohamed Salah (9/10):

    Superb against Shaw, and what a pass for Gakpo's second goal. Then added the icing to the cake with a couple of goals of his own, and still had time for an assist for Firmino!

    Darwin Nunez (8/10):

    Lethargic first half, but was there to make it 2-0 and there again to make it five. He makes things happen.

    Cody Gakpo (9/10):

    Wonderful touch and finish to open the scoring, even better one to make it 3-0. Supreme performance.

  4. Subs & Manager
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    Subs & Manager

    Diogo Jota (6/10):

    On with the game won.

    Stefan Bajcetic (7/10):

    Rattled Fernandes.

    Roberto Firmino (10/10):

    Given a heroes ovation, and responded with a goal. Liverpool legend.

    James Milner (N/A):

    Must have loved this. Ended up doing stepovers on the left wing.

    Curtis Jones (N/A):

    On late for a piece of the fun.

    Jurgen Klopp (9/10):

    Picked the right team and got the response he wanted. Second half performance, in particular, was stunning.