Four goals, three points, two Trent Alexander-Arnold assists and a clean sheet ensured there was plenty to smile about for Liverpool on their return from the break.
The contest may have taken its time to find its tempo, helped by Klopp and Mikel Arteta’s touchline words, but once it did, Liverpool did not look back.
The right-back’s potent right boot was on display was once more to take his season’s assist tally to nine in just 13 appearances. He’s still only 23, in case you forgot.
And it’s what Alexander-Arnold expects of himself, now to keep it going in what will be a taxing end to 2021:
“I’m finding myself in positions that I haven’t previously found myself in and I’m being able to hurt the opposition.
“So, it’s flowing really nice and I just want to keep up that form. These are the levels I expect of myself, I need to keep it up and carry it on for the rest of the season.”
And the No. 66 was lauded by his full-back partner Andy Robertson after surpassing 50 assists for Liverpool, before Trent went on to ask the question of the day:
Minamino also commemorated his cameo from the bench with his first competitive goal for the club at Anfield, at the Kop end no less and they are indeed “special”:
The result pushes the Reds back into second place, which could change should Man City win on Sunday, and provides a timely confidence boost for the defence and the attack.
A handful of changes could be in the works for Wednesday’s meeting with Porto, should injuries allow.