What a game.
What an absolutely outrageous game.
Liverpool recored their biggest win ever over high-flying Man Utd, thumping their arch rivals 7-0 at Anfield.
It was the hosts that made the stronger start to the game and they almost took the lead through Darwin Nunez, but Lisandro Martinez saved the day with a crucial touch.
Man Utd grew into the game after that and Marcus Rashford had a big chance to open the scoring just before the half-an-hour mark, but Alisson easily dealt with his effort.
The visitors continued to put pressure on their rivals and looked the more likely side to go into the break ahead, but Gakpo had other ideas.
The Dutchman was played in by a lovely ball from Andy Robertson just before the end of the first half and took one touch to cut inside from the left before curling the ball into the far corner with his second.
Man Utd had the chance to sign him in the summer but opted not to, and the goal reminded everyone of that fact.
Rashford’s excellent form in 2023 had eased the pain of missing on Gakpo for the Old Trafford faithful, but he was struggling to continue that form, barely getting involved in the first half.
Erik ten Hag’s side started the second half still very much in with a chance of taking all three points, but that changed after just two minutes.
Some poor defending led to the ball falling to Harvey Elliott inside the box and he crossed it to Darwin Nunez who made no mistake, heading in from close range.
Things had gone from bad to worse for the Red Devils, and went from worse to even worse just three minutes later as they began to fall apart.
Gakpo picked up the ball in his own half and played in Mohamed Salah before making his way into the box – some excellent work from the Egyptian saw the ball end up back with the 23-year-old who delicately dinked the ball over David De Gea from a tight angle.
After his slow start to life in England, fans of the team he’d just scored his second against were claiming they were glad to miss out on him, but they were eating their words now.
After a brief lull, the floodgates opened shortly after the hour mark when Salah got a deserved goal to make it 4-0.
He and Nunez then both got their second of the game, at which point Jamie Carragher posted a selfie that summed up the moods of the two clubs and their fans perfectly.
The only thing that could make the night better for those supporting the winning team would be a goal for Roberto Firmino in his first match after it was confirmed that he’d leave the club at the end of the season.
You can probably guess what happened next…
The final whistle would’ve been sweet relief for Ten Hag, who suffered the heaviest defeat of his managerial career.
Whether the game truly turns the tide on Liverpool’s disappointing season remains to be seen, but one thing is clear: with Nunez and Gakpo in their ranks, their future is bright.