Football fans were in for a treat on Sunday as Liverpool annihilated Manchester United in a record-breaking defeat at Anfield. It was a remarkable match that saw Jurgen Klopp’s side dominate from start to finish, putting five past United and keeping a clean sheet.

The 5-0 win saw Liverpool climb to the top of the Premier League table, while Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s United slumped to their worst defeat in over a decade. The result not only underlined Liverpool’s dominance over their fierce rivals, but it also showed the gulf in class between these two sides at present.

For Liverpool, the result was yet another statement of intent. The Reds have started the season in great form, and are now unbeaten in their first nine league games. It’s a far cry from last season, when injuries and poor form saw them fail to defend their title. But the return of key players like Virgil van Dijk, Trent Alexander-Arnold, and Fabinho has given the side a much-needed boost.

On Sunday, Liverpool’s attacking triumvirate of Mohamed Salah, Sadio Mane, and Roberto Firmino were in fine form, causing United all sorts of problems throughout the match. Mane opened the scoring early on, before Salah added a second from the penalty spot. The Egyptian then scored another just before half-time, while Firmino and Harvey Elliott added further goals in the second half.

It was a scintillating display of attacking football, and one that will be remembered for years to come. Liverpool fans will no doubt revel in the result, as it further cements their team’s status as one of the best in the league.

For United, however, it was a day to forget. The Red Devils were utterly outplayed and outclassed, and it was clear from early on that they had no real answer to Liverpool’s attacking threat. Solskjaer’s side looked sluggish and disjointed, with key players like Cristiano Ronaldo and Bruno Fernandes unable to make any significant impact on the game.

The result was made all the more painful for United fans by the fact that it eclipsed their previous biggest Premier League defeat, a 6-1 loss to Manchester City in 2011. It was a sobering reminder of just how far United have fallen in recent years, and of the work that still needs to be done if they are to challenge for major honours once again.

Of course, one result does not define a season, and United will have plenty of opportunities to bounce back from this defeat. But it’s clear that there are some deep-rooted issues at the club, and that major changes may be needed if they are to compete with the likes of Liverpool and City on a consistent basis.

For Solskjaer, the defeat was a humbling experience. The Norwegian manager has come under criticism in recent weeks for his team’s lacklustre performances, and this result will only add to the pressure he is under. There are calls from some fans for him to be sacked, but it remains to be seen whether the United board will take such drastic action.

Meanwhile, Klopp will be delighted with his team’s performance. The German manager has built a side that is not only formidable in attack, but also resilient in defence. Liverpool have now kept nine clean sheets in their last 10 home league games, an incredible record that highlights the team’s defensive solidity.

Klopp will know, however, that there is still plenty of work to be done if Liverpool are to win the league this season. City are just one point behind them in the table, and have also started the season in strong form. It promises to be a fascinating title race, with both teams likely to push each other all the way.

But for now, Liverpool fans will savour their side’s impressive victory over United. It was a performance that showcased the best of Klopp’s team, and one that will live long in the memory of anyone who was fortunate enough to witness it. For United, it was a harsh reminder of just how much work needs to be done if they are to regain their status as one of the Premier League’s elite clubs. The road back to the top will be a long and difficult one, but with the right investment and some astute management decisions, it is not impossible.