United barely touched the ball as Luis Diaz and Mohammad Salah put Liverpool in charge before half-time, and although a change of formation briefly helped United improve after the break, further goals from Sadio Mane and Salah finished them off.
It was another punishing result for United, who lost 9-0 on aggregate to Liverpool this season, and have now conceded more goals than relegation-threatened Burnley.
Too often at Anfield they seemed to lack the fight or effort needed to pursue their goal of a top four finish.
“I don’t think they mentally checked, it’s just a different level,” Rangnick said. “(Liverpool) have better players than us and that was really reflected in today’s result.
“There will be a rebuild for sure, that was obvious in the first three or four weeks for me. For us as coaches it’s extremely embarrassing to sit here and have a conference of press like this. We just have to admit that they are better than us.
Fred was missing with an injury and Scott McTominay was only fit enough for the bench, so Rangnick included Phil Jones in an impromptu back-three but then saw his plans hampered again when Paul Pogba limped off with just eight minutes left after suffering a calf injury.
But while injuries played a role, Rangnick admitted they weren’t the only cause.
“We have to be critical with ourselves,” Rangnick said. “The way we played in the first 45 minutes was by no means what we wanted to see or play. As we didn’t have all of our defensive midfielders available, we decided to go with the back five… I don’t think the first half had anything to do with our formation.
“The way we conceded the first goal was definitely not part of our game plan. It affected our confidence. The first half was not good enough.
“We went from a back five to a back four. The first 25 minutes of the second half were much better, but the story of those 25 minutes was that we didn’t score a goal. The third goal was blacklisted as what not to do against Liverpool.
United’s 9-0 aggregate loss to Liverpool was the second-worst in club history, only surpassed by the 11-0 in two games suffered against Sunderland in 1892-93.
However, the Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp insists he takes no satisfaction in handing out such beatings.
“I’m not here to humiliate opponents. We did what we had to do,” he said.
“They played without their central midfielders and when you are in a difficult situation like United before the game, Paul (Pogba) has to leave and it’s not easy to play against us.
“Nine-zero? I do not care. It’s something for the fans if they want to party. I know this won’t last forever, they will fight back.
In the seventh minute, all the fans inside Anfield gathered to applaud in support of Cristiano Ronaldo, who was away on compassionate leave following the death of his newborn son.
“Pure class in the moment when everyone knows since yesterday that so many things are much more important in life. It was my moment of the game,” added Klopp, who doesn’t think he will watch City’s game at home to Brighton on Wednesday.
“But other football moments, exceptional yes, Luis set up Sadio, Diogo (Jota) came in, Thiago played a good game.
“Nothing to complain about, we don’t take these things for granted. If our counter-pressing wasn’t as sensational as it was tonight, I think United could have had a much better game.
Ralf Rangnick says Man Utd ‘just have to admit’ Liverpool are better than them
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