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By Matias Grez, CNN

Updated 0049 GMT (0849 HKT) October 25, 2021
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1:28 p.m. ET, October 24, 2021

Liverpool defeats Manchester United 5-0

From CNN's Mike Hayes

Liverpool dismantled Manchester United 5-0 at Old Trafford today.

An absolutely dominant performance by the visitors was highlighted by a hat-trick from Liverpool's Mo Salah. Naby Keita and Diogo Jota also scored the goals for Jurgen Klopp's side, which was a class above United across the pitch.

The hat-trick is just the latest achievement in Salah's stellar season, which has sports scientist Simon Brundish asking if Salah is still under-appreciated, despite being one of the Premier League's best ever players?

12:58 p.m. ET, October 24, 2021

Liverpool's Mo Salah has scored a hat-trick against Manchester United

From CNN's Mike Hayes

Mo Salah bags his hat-trick for Liverpool's fifth goal past United keeper David De Gea.
Mo Salah bags his hat-trick for Liverpool's fifth goal past United keeper David De Gea. Shaun Botterill/Getty Images

It just keeps getting worse and worse for Manchester United.

Liverpool's Mo Salah nets his third goal of the day early in the second half to put the visitors up 5-0.

Moments later, Cristiano Ronaldo found the back of the neck for United but the goal was ruled out after a VAR check.

The hat-trick is just the latest achievement in Salah's stellar season, which has sports scientist Simon Brundish asking if Salah is still under-appreciated, despite being one of the Premier League's best ever players?

12:32 p.m. ET, October 24, 2021

Real Madrid takes first El Clásico of the season 2-1 thanks to Alaba and Vázquez goals

From CNN's Patrick Sung in London

Barça keeper Marc-Andre ter Stegen reacts as Real Madrid's Lucas Vázquez scores his team's second goal during El Clásico at the Camp Nou stadium on October 24.
Barça keeper Marc-Andre ter Stegen reacts as Real Madrid's Lucas Vázquez scores his team's second goal during El Clásico at the Camp Nou stadium on October 24. LLuis Gene/AFP/Getty Images

Despite Sergio Agüero’s 97th minute goal, Real Madrid claimed the three points in a 2-1 victory over Barcelona at the Camp Nou.

In what was the first Clásico without Lionel Messi or Cristiano Ronaldo since 2007, neither side let the spectators down after Madrid had gone up 1-0 in the first half thanks to David Alaba’s stunner.

While the early going of the match did not live up to expectations, the second half was a back and forth affair, where both teams had great opportunities to score, but each side missed multiple opportunities to add to the scoreline.

With Barça looking for a late equalizer in added time, Memphis Depay passed to Gerard Pique who fell in the area and asked for a penalty. The referee refused to blow his whistle and Madrid was off to the races.

The counter was led by Marco Asensio, whose shot from the left was stopped by Barça keeper Ter Stegen, but Lucas Vázquez pounced on the ball to seal the three points for Madrid in the 94th minute.

Argentinian Agüero scored a last-second goal to tighten the scoreline, but it was all for nothing as the referee soon blew the full-time whistle.

The victory sends Madrid top of La Liga, while the loss takes Barcelona to 8th in the table.

12:46 p.m. ET, October 24, 2021

First half nightmare for Manchester United

From CNN's Matias Grez in London

Cristiano Ronaldo of Manchester United looks dejected after their side concedes a second goal scored by Diogo Jota of Liverpool during the Premier League match.
Cristiano Ronaldo of Manchester United looks dejected after their side concedes a second goal scored by Diogo Jota of Liverpool during the Premier League match. Shaun Botterill/Getty Images

Well... it's fair to say things haven't quite gone to plan for Manchester United and Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.

United trails 4-0 at home to Liverpool at halftime and, in truth, it could have been a couple more.

Naby Keita, Diogo Jota and Mo Salah have the scored the goals for Jurgen Klopp's side, which has been a class above United across the pitch.

United produced a stirring comeback during the week against Atalanta, but it feels unlikely that will happen again this afternoon.

Solskjaer will certainly be feeling the heat after this performance.

12:14 p.m. ET, October 24, 2021

Liverpool is now up 3-0 on Manchester United in the first half

Liverpool is pummeling Manchester United. Mo Salah scored his side's third goal of the first half.

12:03 p.m. ET, October 24, 2021

NFL: What to look for in Week 7

From CNN's Wayne Sterling in Atlanta

Kansas City Chiefs QB Patrick Mahomes throws against the Washington Football Team during the second quarter at FedExField on October 17.
Kansas City Chiefs QB Patrick Mahomes throws against the Washington Football Team during the second quarter at FedExField on October 17. Greg Fiume/Getty Images

  • Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Tom Brady, the league’s all-time leader in both passing yards (81,268) and touchdown passes (598), can become the first player in league history with 600 career touchdown throws. Tampa Bay hosts the 3-3 Chicago Bears.

  • With 300 passing yards, Kansas City Chiefs QB Patrick Mahomes will surpass Pro Football Hall of Famer Kurt Warner (29 games) for the most games with at least 300 passing yards by a player in his first five seasons in NFL history.

  • Tennessee Titans running back Derrick Henry has rushed for three TDs in each of the past two weeks and can join Pro Football Hall of Famer LaDainian Tomlinson (three consecutive games in 2006) as the only players in NFL history with at least three rushing touchdowns in three consecutive games.

  • The 3-3 Chiefs look to avoid going a losing record when they battle the 4-2 Titans on the road.

  • Reunion in LA: Los Angeles Rams QB Matthew Stafford and Detroit Lions quarterback Jared Goff square off against the teams that drafted them for the first time.

  • The 4-2 Las Vegas Raiders play their first home game without Jon Gruden. The Raiders won last week's game -- without Gruden -- against the Denver Broncos on the road.

  • The 6-0 Arizona Cardinals look to remain unbeaten when they face the 1-5 Houston Texans; the 5-1 Green Bay Packers and 5-1 Baltimore Ravens are seeking their sixth straight wins, respectively.
11:52 a.m. ET, October 24, 2021

Liverpool takes an early 2-0 lead over Manchester United

From CNN's Mike Hayes

According to Opta, Naby Keita's fifth minute opener was the earliest Premier League goal Liverpool has ever scored away at United.
According to Opta, Naby Keita's fifth minute opener was the earliest Premier League goal Liverpool has ever scored away at United. Michael Regan/Getty Images

Naby Keita took advantage of some questionable defending by Manchester United and put Liverpool 1-0 up in the fifth minute at Old Trafford.

The goal -- Liverpool's earliest ever Premier League goal at Old Trafford -- came just after United's Bruno Fernandes missed a good opportunity in front of Liverpool's net.

Diogo Jota then piled on further misery for United as he finished off a cross to put Liverpool up 2-0 at the Theatre of Dreams after just 14 minutes of play.

11:26 a.m. ET, October 24, 2021

Ole Gunnar Solskjær in desperate need of a big performance

From CNN's Matias Grez in London

Cristiano Ronaldo scored the winning goal against Atalanta on Wednesday.
Cristiano Ronaldo scored the winning goal against Atalanta on Wednesday.

It can’t be overstated just how important Wednesday’s comeback win against Atalanta was for Manchester United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjær.

The Norwegian coach had been feeling the pressure in recent weeks and was forced to bat away an increasing number of questions about his job security following a string of bad results.

The Champions League win -- which you can read about in more detail here -- was a microcosm of United’s season so far.

In the first half, the team was disjointed and lackadaisical; in the second, it was intense and tore Atalanta apart at will, though some defensive frailties remained.

The question -- or, perhaps more accurately, the concern -- for United fans is which of those two sides will turn up against Liverpool on Sunday.

With just one clean sheet in its last 20 matches, Solskjær's United must be dreading the prospect of facing the Liverpool front three of Mo Salah, Roberto Firmino and Sadio Mane.

11:18 a.m. ET, October 24, 2021

Mo Salah looks to continue his incredible start to the season

From CNN's Matias Grez in London

Mo Salah celebrates after scoring the winning goal against Atlético Madrid in the Champions League on Tuesday.
Mo Salah celebrates after scoring the winning goal against Atlético Madrid in the Champions League on Tuesday.

Mo Salah has played a crucial role in Liverpool’s fast start to the season, which has Jurgen Klopp’s side second in the Premier League and undefeated so far.

The Egyptian forward has seven goals in eight matches -- joint top of the scoring charts with Leicester’s Jamie Vardy -- and is playing perhaps the best football of his career.

Salah’s wonderful individual goal against Watford last weekend encapsulated the current run of form he is enjoying.

Playing alongside him in Liverpool’s front line are Roberto Firmino and Sadio Mane, the latter of who scored his 100th Premier League goal in the rout of Watford.

Though that trio may have an argument to be among the best attacking lines in football, Liverpool’s defense still provides some cause for concern -- though certainly not to the same extent as Manchester United’s.

Liverpool has managed one clean sheet in its previous five matches and conceded eight goals in that time, with talismanic defender Virgil Van Dijk yet to hit the same heights he did before his knee injury.

However, Liverpool has often done a good job of keeping Cristiano Ronaldo quiet when it has come up against the Portuguese superstar -- though that hasn’t necessarily resulted in wins.

Ronaldo has played Liverpool on 12 occasions throughout his career and has scored just three goals. However, he has come out victorious on eight occasions.

Liverpool continued its good form with a midweek win away to Atlético Madrid in the Champions League, which you can read more about here.