LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - MARCH 10: Roberto Firmino of Liverpool (11) celebrates with Emre Can (23) as he scores their second goal during the UEFA Europa League Round of 16 first leg match between Liverpool and Manchester United at Anfield on March 10, 2016 in Liverpool, United Kingdom. (Photo by Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images)

Liverpool recorded an impressive win over rivals Manchester United in the first leg of the Europe League round of 16, while Tottenham was taught a lesson by Borussia Dortmund.

The Reds defeated United 2-0 thanks to goals from Daniel Sturridge and Roberto Firmino.

Sturridge opened the scoring in the 20th minute from the penalty spot, before Firmino double the lead and put the result beyond doubt in the 73rd minute.

United struggled to create any real meaningful chances and could have faced an even heavier defeat had it not been for goalkeeper David De Gea, who pulled off some brilliant saves.

“They played very good in the first half and we could not cope with their pressure," United coach Louis van Gaal admitted post-match.

“I have to say that Liverpool created an atmosphere that was fantastic.

“It’s difficult because 2-0 is a very difficult result for us. But we have to create an atmosphere like Liverpool’s fans have done.”

Meanwhile fellow Premier League outfit Tottenham suffered a 3-0 away loss to Borussia Dortmund in the first leg of their clash.

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang opened the scoring in the first half, before Marco Reus netted a double in the second stanza to complete a comprehensive victory over the EPL title contenders, leaving Spurs a near impossible task in the return leg.