Liverpool 7-0 Manchester United.
It defied all logic!
Manchester United, a side who had made giant strides under Erik ten Hag since their last visit here in April, were blown way with one of the most emphatic, dominant and complete displays of attacking football, ever.
Manager Klopp describing it as a ‘morale-boosting win’ doesn’t come close to doing it justice.
It’s now 13 points from the last 15 on offer for Klopp’s men and after losing their way, Liverpool are on track to finish in the top four of the EPL table.
But talk about the Champions League places and how much this win can help towards that can wait.
Because this was a victory that simply must be savoured as a standalone.
It is, by light years, the best day of Liverpool’s season.
And in the long and winding list of memorable ones under Klopp, it has a strong claim to be recognised as one of the greatest. The Reds simply tore their visitors to shreds in the second half.
Mohamed Salah, Darwin Nunez and Cody Gakpo all helped themselves to a brace each.
It’s the first time Liverpool have had three players score two in a league game since 1968.
Despite Firmino leaving, following on from Sadio Mane’s departure last summer, there is clearly much to be excited about in the future as far as the frontline is concerned.
With Gakpo and Nunez ably supporting the Reds’ new all-time leading scorer of the Premier League era in Salah, the next stage of the Klopp attack is gearing up to be similarly exhilarating as the previous.
Throw Diogo Jota into the mix and it becomes an even more mouthwatering prospect.
It’s been a difficult adjustment period for £37m Gakpo after his arrival from PSV Eindhoven.
He joined a side bereft of confidence at the start of the calendar year and, as a result, he found it tough to truly take flight.
Recent weeks have revealed him to be a player full of quality though.
He now has the chance to become the new, long-term No.9 at Liverpool and his second here was the pick of the bunch as he finished off a sweeping, razor-sharp move involving Salah with a superb flick past David de Gea.
Before that goal had made it 3-0, it was Nunez who registered his 13th of the campaign with a header from the outstanding Harvey Elliott’s cross.
The Uruguay striker’s full-blooded displays have already made him a cult hero but he has the class to become a superstar of the world game.
His second, an expertly guided header, took him up to 14 for the season in all competitions.
Can he reach 20 in his debut campaign? That’s the next challenge.
Salah’s goals, on 66 and 83, saw him first equal and then overtake Robbie Fowler as the club’s top scorer of the Premier League era.
An elated Klopp said, “It was one of the best performances for a long, long time,” he told reporters. “Freak result, top performance. Really top performance and from the start.”
“I think the way we started the game was really special. The best for a long, long, long, long, long, long time.”