It was either going to be the match that saw Manchester United claw back some slim hope of finishing in the top-four - while denting Liverpool's title hopes in the process - or the game where Brendan Rodgers' side proved once and for all they are genuine title contenders.
And by the time the final whistle blew at Old Trafford, no one was in any doubt that Liverpool are on the up while the work at United is only just beginning.
Two penalties from Steven Gerrard and a deft finish from Luis Suarez gave the visitors a well-deserved three points, leaving David Moyes with even more questions to answer after watching a game in which his side was completely dominated in every position.
After the game we had a look for the images that best summed up the 90 minutes and you can see a selection of them below...
He's at it again - Steven Gerrard shows his love for the camera after converting his second penalty
Nemanja Vidic and Rafael tell Daniel Sturridge what they think following the awarding of the third penalty
Luis Suarez and Martin Skrtel celebrate the Uruguayan's strike
Some United fans believe Rafael was the only player to show some spark, others ask how he remained on the pitch
Wayne Rooney slides in on Daniel Agger, but the England man could not influence the result
So much for the half-time team-talk - Phil Jones concedes the second penalty just minutes after the re-start