With a 3-1 defeat of Tottenham Hotspur on Thursday night, Liverpool impressively halted their winless streak in the Premier League.
Roberto Firmino, Trent Alexander-Arnold, and Sadio Mane goals guided the Reds to a crucial outcome in a match that after VAR reviews saw both sides also have strikes called out.
However, the excitement of the visitors was marred by the news of an ankle ligament injury to center-back Joel Matip, who was forced off at half-time.
Here are six more discussion points from an eventful night in north London.
Few, if any, would have expected that they would have to wait 40 days for their next top-flight victory, following Liverpool’s 7-0 win at Crystal Palace last month.
But at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium, the Reds put a satisfactory end to their enormously uncharacteristic streak of five Premier League games without a victory, and four without a goal.
Jürgen Klopp’s men exerted power for large spells of an encounter that included 14 shots, with seven on target, and three very welcome goals in a confident display.
“They put a proper shift in,” the post-match manager said. “In a game against a counter-attacking monster, it was a brave performance, which they are, and that makes it even more special.”
The result lifted Liverpool back to the top four and narrowed the gap to four points for Manchester City’s new leaders.
After being a substitute at Old Trafford last weekend, Mane was at the crux of all the effective attacking work of Liverpool in the capital back in the starting XI.
Second, for Firmino seconds before the half-time interval, the No.10’s confident chest control and execution through the box served up a tap-in breakthrough.
Then Mane’s spin at the edge of the box and low curler in the fledgling stages of the second period contributed to Alexander-shot Arnold’s on the rebound to make it 2-0.
The pass had already been threaded by Mane into the area from which Mohamed Salah smacked in a finish ruled out for an earlier handball before he restored himself a strong two-goal buffer for his side.
Mane smoothly walloped a growing hit beyond Hugo Lloris for his 10th goal – and one of his most important – in 2020-21 to pass onto Alexander-bouncing Arnold’s delivery from the flank.