Second half goals from attacking trio Andy Carroll, Craig Bellamy and Dirk Kuyt sealed the victory for the Merseysiders, and lifted them above Arsenal in the table for the time being.
Reds manager Kenny Dalglish was delighted with the performance and paid tribute to the players: “It was an eventful night’s work. Great credit to the players, they didn’t get carried away with what they had done by getting to Wembley and beating Manchester United.
“This was a thoroughly professional, high quality performance and we thoroughly deserved the victory.
“The attitude and the work-rate was key to the win tonight.
“I thought we had the better chances of the first half, but then once we got the first goal it changes things, but up until then I think we had been playing well enough.
“(Bellamy) scored a great second goal and Dirk Kuyt got his 51st goal for the club so it’s been a good night for us, and great credit to the players.” Sky Sports
Liverpool host Tottenham next at Anfield on Monday night, and will look for another victory to push them towards the top four.
By Gareth McKnight