The Manchester United boss accepted responsibility for what was one of the club’s worst performances in recent history on an afternoon Solskjaer dubbed his “darkest day”
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer was under serious pressure before kick-off, he will now face an overwhelming amount of scrutiny in the wake of such a heavy defeat.
However, the Norwegian remains adamant he is the man for the job despite large sections of the United fanbase calling for his head.
Asked after the game if he is feeling the pressure, Solskjaer said: “No. I’ve come too far, we’ve come too far as a group to give up now.”
The man in the Old Trafford hot-seat was honest after the full-time whistle, conceding his side were not up to the task.
“It’s not easy to say something apart from it’s the darkest day I’ve had leading these players. We weren’t good enough individually or as a team,” Solskjaer explained.
“It is the worst feeling. The feeling that we are getting to where we want to be has been there. Last few weeks we have hit a brick wall. We have conceded too many easy goals.
“That is a concern. This is the lowest I have been. I accept the responsibility. That is mine today.
“I do believe in myself and I am getting close to what we want at the club. The results lately haven’t been good enough. Hands up. Next week is Tottenham away. Then Atalanta. Then Man City. We have to go into this with the right frame of mind.
Solskajer went on to issue everyone associated with the club a rally cry, explaining: “The time is now. Man Utd have had difficult times before and we have always bounced back. We have started this season badly. We have hit a brick wall. We need to start building results – and get clean sheets.”
Naby Keita’s goal in the fifth minute marked the opening of the first-half floodgates, before Diogo Jota doubled the visitors lead eight minutes later.
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Mohamed Salah then continued his ludicrous run of form, bagging a goal for the tenth successive game.
It was to become even better for the Egyptian international, who would go on to score his fourth Liverpool hat-trick before the game was done.
His third goal the pick of the bunch, a delightful, deft finish over the outstretched arm of the onrushing David de Gea.
Man Utd now languish as low as seventh in the table and are some way off where many had tipped them to be before a ball had been kicked this campaign.
Discussing the idea of how to turn the tide in United’s fortunes, Solskjaer conceded it will be a tall order.
“That’s gonna be difficult, I understand human nature, players will be low, but you look into the eyes and character of them, I know we’re rock bottom,” the United boss explained.
“You can’t feel any lower than this, and let’s see where we take it.”