It was almost the perfect start for Liverpool, but Philippe Coutinho‘s delightful free-kick hit the inside of the post and bounced away to safety.
The dazzling Brazilian wasn’t left feeling hard done by for long, however, as his well-taken solo effort put the visitors 1-0 up.
It was his 20th goal of the season already – no Reds player has reached that tally before Christmas since Ian Rush in 1986/87.
Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain was highly impressive all afternoon, and he was unfortunate not to score, with his second-half shot hitting the post.
It was left for the imperious Roberto Firmino to complete the scoring, with the 26-year-old heading home from Coutinho’s pinpoint cross.
Next up for Liverpool is Friday’s crucial trip to Arsenal, as the Reds play their final game before Christmas.