Despite the taxing affair in Turkey, the Reds made just three changes to the starting XI, as Trent Alexander-Arnold returned in place of Joe Gomez while Fabinho and Jordan Henderson made way for Gini Wijnaldum and Roberto Firmino.
And it was a moment to savour for Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain as the occasion marked his first league start since April 2018.
The hosts had piled the pressure on the Reds early in the piece to ensure any sight on the Saints’ goal had been few and far between.
That was until Sadio Mane sprinkled some magic dust to notch his third goal of the week with a stunning curling effort into the top corner on the cusp of half-time.
And of course, the Brazilian had a planned celebration up his sleeve.
Liverpool’s No.13, who had been in doubt prior to the game with an ankle injury, was quick to apologise, however – but it means the search for his first clean sheet is still ongoing.
After playing three times in eight days the trip to St Mary’s was viewed as a potential banana skin, but having emerged victorious the Liverpool players were quick to celebrate after the final whistle.
Liverpool will now be afforded a weeks’ break before returning to Anfield to host Arsenal, where they will look to maintain their unbeaten start to the season and notch their 12th successive Premier League win.