Five observations from Liverpool's huge win at Manchester United

Steven Gerrard Celebrates

A superb performance by Liverpool gave them a dominant 3-0 win at Old Trafford, with Gerrard (2) and Suarez the goalscorers

Maybe Suarez isn't so dishonest

The Uruguayan looked like he was caught twice in the area by Marouane Fellaini in the opening minutes, both looking good shouts for penalties. The first challenge saw Suarez harry on, only for a knee in the back to send him flailing just a second later. It was perhaps a surprise that Suarez didn't go to ground straight away, but in attempting to remain upright and honest, he didn't benefit at all, though of course he would play his part in the winning of the penalty for Rafael's handball.

Liverpool looked much more tactically astute than United

With their fullbacks pushing up and midfield operating more centrally than United's, Liverpool had so much more of the ball between the home team's midfield and defence. With the ability of Sterling and Sturridge to drift out wide when need be, the Anfield outfit were frequently stretching their opponents, who had no cover whatsoever from their attack minded wingers.

Gerrard and Henderson look one of the best midfield duos in the league  

Gerrard had a great game today, looking tenacious in midfield and unlucky not to score more than two. And in Jordan Henderson he has a partner full of the energy and drive Gerrard possessed in his youth. Together they make a combatative duo, both fully capable in possession, chasing back, and in attacking positions. There will be a very real temptation for Roy Hodgson to pair the two together for England this summer.

Three penalties - it could have been five!

It really is a change in the times when a side can go to Old Trafford and receive three penalties with a red going to United. That it could have actually been five penalties and United down to nine men really tells the story of Liverpool's dominance. The irony is that referee Mark Clattenburg, so often accused of favouring United in Sir Alex Ferguson's day, was in charge of the decisions, and couldn't have avoided them if he tried. 

With this sensational victory, can Liverpool start to believe?

Such an emphatic win can only be a shot in the arm of Liverpool's title bid, and coming as it did at the home of their rivals and current champions United, is all the more sweet. If Brendan Rodgers' men win their game in hand, they will be just one point behind leaders Chelsea with both the Blues and Manchester City still to visit Anfield. They are not far off having the title in their own hands - if they win all their games and City drop points in one other game aside from the trip to the Reds, they'll have an unassailable total.

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