Regardless of how Liverpool and Manchester United are both performing, trips to Old Trafford are almost always approached with a feeling of trepidation amongst Liverpool supporters, making Sunday’s unforgettable mauling all the more special for them.
Jurgen Klopp’s side raced into a two-goal lead within 13 minutes against their greatest rivals, before an historic hat-trick from the irrepressible Mohamed Salah secured their biggest ever away win over Manchester United.
It is a result which will be talked about for years to come, but Liverpool’s players and manager must quickly put it behind them and focus on progressing to the quarter-finals of the EFL Cup.
The Reds’ record in domestic cups under Klopp leaves a lot to be desired, making it to the quarter-finals just once in the last four seasons of this competition, but on current form – and even with a much-changed XI – it would be a major surprise if they failed to improve that tally in midweek.
Liverpool are still unbeaten in 13 games across all competitions this season, while that tally increases to 22 if you include the tail end of last term – the longest current unbeaten streak in the top four tiers of English football, stretching back almost seven months.
There have been suggestions that Liverpool’s current form is better than even the run which swept them to the Premier League title in 2019-20, and they are certainly putting teams to the sword with more regularity than any time in recent memory.
The Merseysiders have only failed to score three or more goals in one of their last 10 games across all competitions, and even that exception saw them net twice against a Manchester City defence which has been amongst the most miserly in Europe this season.
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Liverpool have been particularly prolific away from home too, scoring at least three goals in each of their last nine such outings and plundering a whopping 33 goals in that time.
That run includes a 3-0 triumph at Norwich City in the previous round of this competition, while their last EFL Cup away game against lower-league opposition saw them hammer Lincoln City 7-2.
Indeed, Liverpool have made it through in 16 of their last 17 games against teams from a lower tier in this competition, and the only exception in that run came more than 10 years ago against Northampton Town