The test was one many anticipated Liverpool to pass with ease with Newcastle arriving at Anfield in 19th place, but it took a little while to warm up and do just that.
Thiago‘s poorly placed clearance laid out the red carpet for Jonjo Shelvey for Eddie Howe’s side to jump into an early lead before Jota played to the whistle and levelled the scores.
It was then a question of when not if Salah would have his hand in a goal and this one came off his own boot for No. 22 of the season to put Liverpool in the lead for the first time.
And just as many started to prepare themselves for a nervy finish, Alexander-Arnold stepped up to the plate with a rocket of a finish reminiscent of his childhood hero Steven Gerrard.
“What a strike! We know his ability, his technique so we’re always expecting things like this from him,” Diogo Jota told LFCTV.
“I was going for the rebound in case it happened but it’s in the top corner and you don’t save those.”
You most definitely don’t, Diogo. And Trent himself was pretty pleased with his effort that was a long time in the making.
“Nearly five-and-a-half years I’ve waited for that! It was a clean strike from me, you know it’s got a good chance but you never know where the goalkeeper is,” the right-back told LFCTV.
“It was a fantastic goal, I must say.”
Meanwhile, after missing the last eight games, Roberto Firmino was “grateful” to be back on the pitch and with 16 valuable minutes under his belt: