Four goals in the second 45 minutes saw the Premier League‘s bottom side hammered 5-0 at Anfield.
The visitors, who sacked Paul Clement last week, looked rudderless on the pitch and the fact they were only one goal down at half-time owed more to Liverpool’s lacklustre performance than any tactical game-plan.
What was telling, however, was the hosts did not have to work that hard to score four times – including two in as many minutes – after the break.
But it was not until the second half that the floodgates opened with Roberto Firmino scoring either side of a brilliant strike from Trent Alexander-Arnold, with Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain completing the rout eight minutes from time.
Manager Jurgen Klopp was pleased his players were able to rectify their mistakes of the first half.
“Even in a not really good first half, we had enough chances to score two or three goals,” he said. “That should be enough.
“I was not disappointed at half-time but we had to defend the situations better, we had to be more compact and in a few moments we were man-orientated, which is only allowed in our own box.
“In the second half we were better. I think the first three goals were from counter-pressing situations, that’s good and it looks like when you see the result is 5-0 that it was an easy game but it wasn’t an easy game.
“It was really hard work – I’ve no problem with that. I’m really happy with what we learned from the game.
“It is a perfect result for us, nobody injured I don’t think. Important three points, five goals, clean sheet so it’s all good.”