On this day in 2009 Liverpool thrashed Manchester United 4-1 at Old Trafford.
In what is arguably one of Liverpool’s finest moments in the Premier League, Rafael Benitez took his title-challenging side to face leaders, Manchester United, then masterminded by all-time great, Sir Alex Ferguson. The game began in favour of the Red Devils with Portuguese hitman Cristiano Ronaldo giving his side the lead from the penalty spot. However, just 5 minutes later the equilibrium had been restored as Fernando Torres took advantage of Nemanja Vidic’s hesitance on the ball, humiliating the Serbian before going on to calmly slot home against a helpless Edwin Van der Sar. Moments before the first half concluded Torres continued to torment Vidic as the defender brought down the Spaniard in the box, earning the Reds a penalty. Steven Gerrard converted the subsequent spot kick to give Liverpool a 2-1 lead going into the break.
Throughout the second half, things would only go from bad to worse for United as Brazilian full-back Fabio Aurelio gave the visitors a 3-1 lead, netting a sensational free kick that left Van der Sar rooted to the spot. Finally, to further rub salt into United’s wounds, Italian defender Andrea Dossena made it 4-1 to the Reds in injury time, sealing a historic win for an ecstatic Liverpool as they closed the gap on United in the 2008/09 title race.