On Sunday, Liverpool and Manchester United played out the next chapter in one of the Premier League's most storied rivalries, the North West Derby. The Reds wound up with an easy 3-0 victory, keeping the team right in the thick of the EPL title chase and heaping further misery on the defending champions in the process.
Two penalties by captain Steven Gerrard (who also missed a third late in the tie) and a late goal by the inevitable Luis Suarez were enough for Liverpool to dispatch of the hosts, who looked absolutely dreadful and were overrun by the Reds.
Brendan Rodgers put together a fantastic effort tactically, but as shared by this fan, the Liverpool coach gave all credit to his players:
Rodgers: "I remember coming here last June and we were 'ok'. We were animals today!" #loveit— Billy Liddell (@Liddellpool) March 16, 2014
Of course, it takes a great coach to have your players ready for an all-important derby, and Liverpool superfan Robish 13 made sure nobody forgot just how far this team has come under Rodgers:
It's incredible what Brendan Rodgers has done with this team. Three years ago Kyrgiakos and Poulsen started this game.— RobinLFC (@Robish13) March 16, 2014
This particular fan even thinks he might soon be ready for bigger things:
Will be very interesting to see how long Rodgers continues this LFC project. Have to think he'll be at the top choice to manage ENG in WC'18— euler (@euleri) March 16, 2014
Rodgers was obviously pleased with his team's performance, as shared by The Manchester Evening News' Rob Dawson:
Brendan Rodgers: "To dominate the game like that was very pleasing. We could have had more goals."— Rob Dawson (@RobDawsonMEN) March 16, 2014
The Liverpool boss doesn't want to talk about the title, but as The Telegraph's Simon Hughes shared, Sunday's win might be a turning point in the club's demeanor:
Feels like a watershed moment. Rodgers afterwards on the title. 'No chance.' He smiles.— Simon Hughes (@Simon_Hughes__) March 16, 2014
Rodgers saved the best for last, according to The Huffington Post's Samuel Luckhurst:
Journo: Is that the best day in your Liverpool life, Brendan? Rodgers: No, every day in my life is.— Samuel Luckhurst (@samuelluckhurst) March 16, 2014
It was all smiles for Liverpool, but on the other side of the pitch, the crisis at Manchester United continues. David Moyes has been under fire all season, and after the debacle of Athens, the team needed a big win over rivals Liverpool in the worst way.
On Moyes, felt focus shifted from 'give him time' to short-term results for first time after Olympiacos. Desperately needs something v City.— Rob Dawson (@RobDawsonMEN) March 16, 2014
Obviously, losing 3-0 to one of his biggest rivals won't help Moyes fight his critics one bit.
Squawka took a first jab at the beleaguered coach:
LIVE: David Moyes' press conference...https://t.co/Xguwad1kbI— Squawka Football (@Squawka) March 16, 2014
Transfer Related had some (very unsurprising) breaking news:
BREAKING: Been told that Glazer family have called in David Moyes for an immediate meeting following today's meeting. SAF will be present.— Transfer Related (@TransferRelated) March 16, 2014
As shared by The Guardian's Daniel Taylor, Sunday's opponent showed some mercy for the United boss:
Rodgers on Moyes: "I have empathy in terms of the pressures. I understand the pressures at a worldwide institution"— Daniel Taylor (@DTguardian) March 16, 2014
Taylor also shared Moyes' thoughts on the game and, as expected, his insights were familiar:
Moyes now in. "We didn't play well. Liverpool deserved victory. It's difficult to explain it."— Daniel Taylor (@DTguardian) March 16, 2014
Per BBC Sport's Shamoon Hafez, Moyes took his time to give credit to the fans and suggested the same support would be needed when the Red Devils take on Olympiacos:
Moyes: "The support was phenomenal today and if they give us that again we will have a great chance on Wednesday [vs Olympiakos]." #MUFC— Shamoon Hafez (@ShamoonHafez) March 16, 2014
But as shared by this fan, the ground underneath his feet may have just heated exponentially:
So skybet and paddy power have suspended betting on Moyes getting sacked— Andy charman (@Andy_charman) March 16, 2014
Rodgers and his team can already start looking at next week, when they have a date with bottom-dwellers Cardiff. With Chelsea's loss to Aston Villa, the Reds are no doubt the big winners of the weekend, closing the gap with Chelsea to a mere four points as Liverpool still have a game in hand.
For United, a win against Greek champions Olympiacos will be the only thing that can somehow salvage the 2013-14 season. Whether Moyes will still be the man leading the club by that time is something we can only speculate on, but qualifying for the next round of the UEFA Champions League will be a must regardless.