For the first time since 2019, the Reds are to play a fixture on Boxing Day having played on the 28th and 27th of December in 2021 and 2020 respectively.
It is the fifth Boxing Day fixture since Klopp arrived in 2015, and the four fixtures on this day so far all have two things in common: a clean sheet and three points.
And the aggregate score for those four games reads 14-0 in Liverpool’s favour. Talk about a welcome late Christmas present!
It was the same scoreline in 2018 as Dejan Lovren, Mo Salah, Xherdan Shaqiri and Fabinho all scored without reply against Newcastle – but it could not top the 5-0 thumping of Swansea at Anfield in 2017.
As for the first Boxing Day under Klopp, Christian Benteke’s strike was responsible for a modest 1-0 win over Claudio Ranieri’s Leicester, who would go on to lift the Premier League title that season.
So, four Boxing Day games under Klopp for four clean sheet victories – the question is, can it soon be five from five?
Aston Villa are now under the guidance of Unai Emery following Steven Gerrard’s dismissal in October and they got to work over the break, playing four friendlies (two defeats, one win and win draw) to Liverpool’s two (one win, one defeat).
Here’s hoping for another belated Christmas present from the Reds!