Virgil van Dijk hailed Liverpool’s record-breakers as they tightened their grip on the title with a majestic Mersey derby display.

The Reds rewrote the history books by extending their top-flight unbeaten run to 32 matches – beating the previous record set by the champions of 1987-88.

And they produced a stunning first-half blitz against hapless Everton without the rested Mo Salah, Roberto Firmino, skipper Jordan Henderson and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, and the suspended keeper Alisson.

The win sent Blues boss Marco Silva a step closer to what looks like his inevitable dismissal, but Van Dijk reserved praise for new-look Liverpool , with stand-in Divock Origi scoring twice, and Xherdan Shaqiri also netting on his first start of the season.

It was a stunning result for manager Jurgen Klopp, who gambled on rotating his players with a massive December programme coming up.

Virgil van Dijk hailed the players who came into the Liverpool side