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Mohamed Salah and Darwin Núñez just sent clear Liverpool message to Man Utd inside seven minutes



Liverpool demolished Sparta Prague in the Europa League with a 6-1 win at Anfield. Manchester United should be wary ahead of Sunday’s FA Cup quarter-final.

Liverpool won’t have much easier nights than that. The Europa League tie against Sparta Prague was effectively over after the first leg in the Czech Republic — the Reds left absolutely no doubt after less than 15 minutes at Anfield.

It must have been a tricky game for Jürgen Klopp to gauge beforehand. Clearly, he would like to give some of his star players a rest, but at the same time, he wouldn’t have wanted to show his opponent any disrespect, and potentially disrupt the momentum his side has been building.

Even with four changes, it was a strong side that lined up against Sparta, and they showed no mercy. Darwin Núñez, Bobby Clark, Mohamed Salah and Cody Gakpo were all on the scoresheet within the opening quarter of an hour as the hosts looked leagues ahead of their visitors. Inside seven minutes, Liverpool scored four times.

The game rather inevitably wound down a bit thereafter, although Liverpool did make sure to take the aggregate score into double figures as an 11-2 rout was completed. A demolition job in the extreme.

The Reds will of course face much harder tasks in the remainder of the season, not least in just a few days’ time. With their European duties out of the way for now, all focus turns toward Old Trafford.

Liverpool will continue its quest for a quadruple on Sunday as it faces Manchester United in the quarter-finals of the FA Cup. Having been left frustrated with a goalless draw in the Premier League back in December, Klopp’s side will be looking to make amends, and recent events show just why they might.

The Reds showed their ruthless streak as they pounced on the opportunities gifted to them by Sparta in that remarkable opening 15 minutes. It’s unlikely they’ll have things that easy on Sunday, but they look like they might get just as many chances.

A quick glance at the Premier League table shows United has actually been in decent form recently. Erik ten Hag’s side has won five of its last seven league games — that only tells half the story though.

The Red Devils have given up bucketloads of chances in recent games. In just the 2-0 win at home to Everton last weekend, the Toffees recorded 23 shots, eight more than their hosts. It’s far from an isolated incident either, with Manchester City recording 27 the week before, Fulham 17 before that, and Luton 22.

Liverpool wasn’t able to capitalize on the 34 shots it squandered when United visited Anfield. Against Sparta though, the Reds showed they might not be in such a generous mood on Sunday.

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