Liverpool have boosted their Champions League hopes following the big win over arch rivals Manchester United in their Premier League encounter at Old Trafford on Thursday night. The fixture involving Liverpool and Manchester United is always the biggest on the English football calendar and the Reds needed to win the latest encounter to move a step closer to securing Champions League football for another season. Liverpool were able torecord that victory in a thrilling six-goal match at the home of the Red Devils.

Manchester United had already secured a Champions League spot before Liverpool clash but they needed a win to seal second place behind champions Manchester City on the league standings. They made a perfect start to the game courtesy the goal from star player Bruno Fernandes but were unable to build on thelead. With the goal from Fernandes on 10 minutes, he took his tally to 18 goals in the race for the Golden Boot.

The Portuguese international is third on the list of the highest goalscorers in the league this season behind the duo of Tottenham Hotspur striker Harry Kane and Liverpool talisman Mohamed Salah. Kane and Salah are both on 21 goals.

Bruno Fernandes and Manchester United were unable to preserve their lead as Liverpool levelled through another Portuguese international, Diogo Jota. Jota came into the Reds starting XI in place of Sadio Mane and he justified his selection with the equaliser.

Brazilian international Roberto Firmino stunned the Red Devils with a second Liverpool goal on the stroke of half-time. His goal gave the Merseyside giants a 2-1 lead at the break. Firmino added a third goal two minutes into the second half capitalising on the defensive lapses from the United players. England international Marcus Rashford gave the hosts a lifeline when he pulled one back at the end of the third quarter to setupa tense final quarter of the game. Salah settled any Liverpool nerves with a fourth and clinching goal for the visitorson the stroke of full-time. Salah broke away to settle the game after Manchester United substitute NemanjaMatic gave away the ball in midfield.

The result took Liverpool to fifth position and four points behind Chelsea in fourth place with a game in hand. The Champions League chasers have two set of games to stake a claim for a spot between now and the end of the season. The current Premier League season ends in less than two weeks.

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