PLAYER RATINGS Thiago ran the show and Salah was back to his best, but Fernandes and Dalot were poor

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Mo Salah scored twice as Liverpool comfortably beat old rivals Manchester United 4-0 at Anfield on Tuesday night to move top of the Premier League.

Liverpool moved to 76 points from 32 games with title rivals Manchester City on 74 points from one game fewer, with Pep Guardiola’s side hosting Brighton and Hove Albion at the Etihad on Wednesday night. 

Sportsmail’s DOMINIC KING rated the players.

LIVERPOOL (4-3-3)

Alisson Becker – Set the tone for the night when hoodwinking Fernandes with a back heel in the third minute – 7.5

Trent Alexander-Arnold – Outstanding once again, he’s been playing like a Player of the Year contender for four months – 8

Joel Matip – In cruise control from the word go, passes always found the target and got his foot in at all the right moments – 7

Virgil Van Dijk – Got out of second gear once or twice, most of his efforts were focused on pushing his team up the pitch – 7.5

Andrew Robertson – Busy and industrious as always, provided the pace and belligerence on the left you have come to expect – 7

Jordan Henderson – The captain enjoyed this game and never let anyone’s standards drop, as he ran miles to preserve the advantage – 7.5

Fabinho – When he plays well, Liverpool play well and he dwarfed the United midfielders who tried to contain him – 8

Thiago Alcantara – A quite magnificent performance with all manner of passes and tricks that ensured he received a standing ovation – 9

Mohamed Salah – The lull in form is over thanks to an assist and two goals; the second was beautifully dispatched – 8.5

Sadio Mane – What a wonderful footballer he is, his goal provided the gloss, his assist for Salah was glorious – 8.5

Luis Diaz – If Liverpool win the league, the moment this jet-heeled Colombian arrived on Merseyside will be seen as key. Superb again – 8.5

SUBS

NOT USED

Kelleher (GK), Konate, Milner, Keita, Gomez, Jones, Jota, Tsimikas, Origi

MANAGER

Jurgen Klopp – Spent most of the night with his arms behind his back relaxed or up in the air celebrating. His team are in the groove – 8

MANCHESTER UNITED (3-4-2-1)

David De Gea – No chance with the goals he conceded but his distribution was poor and never allowed United to build – 5

Victor Lindelof – He can take solace that he won’t have to face Luis Diaz anytime soon but he’ll probably be seeing him in sleep after this – 4.5

Harry Maguire – Not the worst member of his team but that isn’t exactly a glowing commendation in the context of this shambles – 5

Phil Jones – On a hiding to nothing in what was just his third start of the season, substituted at half-time – 5

Aaron Wan-Bissaka – Supposed to provide cover for Lindelof but did nothing of the sort; ended up at left-back – 4

Paul Pogba – One over-hit pass before he was substituted, appearing to hold his left thigh – 3

Nemanja Matic – His leaden-footed efforts summed up in the 19th minute when he put a simple back pass straight out of play – 4

Diogo Dalot – Barely found a team-mate when he was in possession, barely kept tabs with Salah when he was defending – 4

Bruno Fernandes – The wisdom of playing him 24 hours after his involvement in a car crash must be questioned; barely involved – 4

Marcus Rashford – Tried to play on Matip’s shoulder but got little service; when he did, his touch was poor – 5

Anthony Elanga – Utterly thankless task for the teenager, who got no service and was never given any hope by Liverpool’s defence – 5.5

SUBS

Lingard (for Pogba 10mins) 5; Sancho (for Jones 46mins) 6

NOT USED

Henderson (GK), Bailly, Mata, Lingard, Sancho, Telles, McTominay, Mejbri, Garnacho

MANAGER

Ralf Rangnick – His tactics of nullifying Liverpool were shredded within five minutes and he did little to stop the rot – 4

REFEREE

M Atkinson – Nothing contentious for the official to deal with, one of the easiest big games he will ever oversee – 6

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