Liverpool 7-0 Manchester United – Betting Review
Liverpool brought their bitter rivals Manchester United smashing back down to earth with an unforgettable 7-0 thrashing.
Just a week after United had won the first English trophy of2023, they were not only humbled, but completely embarrassed at Anfield.
The match turned into total humiliation for Manchester United who arguably were the better team for the first 35 minutes of the game.
Gakpo scored a brilliant match changing goal soon before the break, but it was only the second half where the contest became not a contest.
Liverpool got a quick-fire second and third goals from well made breaks.
United continued to seek a way back and took risks, thanks to this and some calamitous defending, Liverpool didn’t stop their scoring and ran out 7-0 winners.
More than just inflicting such pain on their Northern rivals, the emphatic victory added fuel to their chase for a seventh straight top-four finish.
Liverpool started with intensity and slightly more ambition in the opening exchanges.
However, it was United dynamo Bruno Fernandes who spurned the game’s first golden chance, glancing his header narrowly wide from a slight angle.
A scrappy first half then had an exciting ending, as Casemiro’s headed goal was ruled out for a narrow offside. Then at the other end, Cody Gakpo gave Liverpool the lead, cutting inside and finishing low past a perhaps unsighted keeper.
Joy for Liverpool then turned into ecstatic celebration in the second half when Darwin Núñez doubled the Reds’ lead.
Both of the first goals had seen United look shaky in defence, but things got much worse the longer it went on.
United visibly imploded at 2-0, quickly conceding a third that was one of the classier goals on the day.
Mohamed Salah and Gakpo combined, and the Dutchman applied the cheekiest of lobs which beat David de Gea.
After a relatively quiet spell where United probed and had more of the play, Liverpool then thrived on breaks.
With some fortunate bounces their way, the ball fell to Salah who smashed in his shot from the edge of the area.
Liverpool was almost queuing up to score. Núñez was next to cash in from a glancing header on a corner for 5-0.
The visitor subbed off key men to retain energy ahead of their Champions League tie against Real Madrid, but Liverpool’s subs only increased their attacking momentum.
Salah got a 6th and then the loudest cheer of the night was for the host sub-Roberto Firmino, who scored a 7th.
Having made a thorough mockery of their visitors, Liverpool now sits just three points adrift of 4th-placed Tottenham.
The Red Devils’ title dreams now are ended with this defeat. Their fans will hope for a positive reaction and that this was a mere blip, albeit in the worse place possible and one they many never forget.
Looking at the 1×2 market where at times during the week before the match, Manchester United had seen some momentum from punters, moving in from 3.10 down to around 2.85. however, the day before the game and on matchday, Liverpool had shortened up notably and were clear favourites at 2.30. this won and convincingly so.
The Asian handicap betting had Liverpool -0.25 @ 1.91 which won easily. Stats and XG may not reflect a 7-0, but a combination of the host desire to inflict maximum damage and United folding late on, meant the goals seemed probable with each attack at one stage.