Six different players scored as Liverpool put six goals past Aston Villa on Sunday and climbed back up to eighth place in the Premier League table.
The returning Daniel Sturridge opened the scoring for his side early on and Villa just crumbled afterwards.
Any hopes Villa had of overturning a two-goal deficit at the interval soon faded away, as a rampant Reds side with just one league win in six heading into today’s game ran riot in the West Midlands.
It was a true Valentine’s Day Massacre for the hosts – their worst defeat at Villa Park in some 81 years, which leaves them eight points from safety with time fast running out.
It took until the 16-minute mark before the first attempt of any note arrived, and it led to the breakthrough moment as Sturridge got on the end of a lofted Philippe Coutinho cross and nodded the ball beyond Mark Bunn.
Less than two minutes later ex-Villa midfielder James Milner made it two when sending in a whipped free kick that found its way into the far corner without a touch.
Liverpool were beginning to show a more prolific streak to their game thanks to their two goals from two attempts, while up the other end Ashley Westwood blasted well wide on the volley from his side’s only shot of the half.
Kolo Toure, Divock Origi and Nathaniel Clyne added the other goals as Villa fell deeper into relegation waters.