And they did just that, bringing the intensity and tempo required to unsettle Pep Guardiola’s side, with chances coming their way to make it count where it matters most.
A disallowed goal for City added fuel to the fire inside Anfield and Salah saw it erupt with a goal that was a near carbon copy of his strike against Man United in that season.
Alisson with the assist, the No. 11 with the turn and finish and Liverpool 1-0 up. Brilliance.
Jurgen Klopp didn’t get to see the final stages having been shown a red card for the incompetence of the referee, but those three points tasted sweet:
Mo Salah and Virgil van Dijk absolutely took that match personally. Outstanding. Liverpool… not quite past it then.. #LFCdigest
— Danny Gallagher (@Danny7Gallagher) October 16, 2022
Feel like crying. What an emotionally exhausting and draining 2 hours. Love and miss the reds so much
— Ben Kelly (@bkelly776) October 16, 2022
I have no words. What an absurd match.
— The Legacy Fan Offside (@LFCOffside) October 16, 2022
Joe Gomez outstanding and deservedly named Man Of the Match. James Milner immense. As battling a performance as you will see from this Reds. On back foot most of second half but a moment of brilliance from Mo Salah seals it!!!!!! What a win
— keith costigan (@KeithCostigan) October 16, 2022
A huge win, especially given it was 12 vs 11.
— Leanne Prescott (@_lfcleanne) October 16, 2022
This is Anfield. Pure raw, emotion, defiance and a wall of noise.
— Jonathan Higgins (@Jhiggins3) October 16, 2022
Brilliant from @MoSalah that. As soon as Alisson had the ball in his hands from De Bruyne's free-kick Salah was on his bike to be able to isolate Cancelo 1v1 and force the defender into a fatal mistake.
— Carl Markham (@carlmarkham) October 16, 2022
Alisson with an assist in three of his last four PL seasons and a goal in the other. An attacking menace.
— Duncan Alexander (@oilysailor) October 16, 2022
I feared a mauling, I doubt I was alone in that, but always hoped for the best.
That is the performance we were after, brilliant. Just brilliant. ?
— Joanna Durkan (@JoannaDurkan_) October 16, 2022
What a win. These reds! Have that Pep you bad weirdo! Sorry James Milner for doubting you. Love you #LIVMCI
— Jamie Holme (@JamieHolme) October 16, 2022
Salah with a turn there that Liz Truss would be proud of!
Belter goal and great vision by Ali!#LIVMCI
— Sam Quek (@SamanthaQuek) October 16, 2022
Ridiculous from Alisson, sublime from Salah. Incredible.
— Rory Greenfield (@RoryGreenfield) October 16, 2022
Full time 1-0.
An incredible win from a set of lads who’d forgotten just how much of an incredible team they are.
Now they remember.
Outstanding performances from every one of them.
— Jim Boardman (@JimBoardman) October 16, 2022
One of the most satisfying wins of the Klopp era that, amazing
— David Comerford (@Dave_Comerford) October 16, 2022
Liverpool, you don’t half confuse me much. But this match was another reason why we can’t help but adore this sport.
Everyone (pretty much) in a red shirt left it all on the pitch.
Special word to those centre backs, especially Gomez.
— ML (@FootyML) October 16, 2022
This team ?? pic.twitter.com/T8vfEkDKve
— The Anfield Wrap (@TheAnfieldWrap) October 16, 2022
Terrific performance from the Reds. Managed to solve the #1 problem of the season (conceding high quality chances) while looking a constant threat in attack.
Hats off to Klopp and the brains trust for the change of shape and approach #lfc
— Dan Kennett (@DanKennett) October 16, 2022
It is no secret that those of the Reds persuasion had more than a feeling of trepidation heading into the clash, considering City’s form and that of Liverpool’s.
But as Klopp said in his programme notes, “in football you always have a chance to turn a not-so-good situation into a really good one.” The Reds did just that.
What a win it was – one few saw coming but hoped that it would. These are the performances and results that can turn a season around, Liverpool need to make sure it is just that.
UP THE REDS!