With 2,000 supporters back at Anfield for the first time since Liverpool won the title last season, Jurgen Klopp’s Reds put on a show and reminded the likes of Tottenham and Chelsea that they will not relinquish their crown so easily this season.
With the Kop having 1,500 fans and the Main Stand 500 the atmosphere was good as those lucky enough to be seeing the Premier League champions in the flesh for the first time made the most of the experience.
However, the loudest cheer was reserved for Liverpool’s opener in the 24th minute, even if it came via an error from ex-Red Conor Coady.The centre-back miscontrolled Jordan Hederson’s ball over the top off his chest and Salah nipped in to fire home left-footed, his first goal in four matches.
Henderson was again the provider for Liverpool’s second, launching a quick counter-attack down the middle which picked out Georginio Wijnaldum who, with Mane and Salah in support, went alone and found Rui Patricio’s top left-hand corner.
Liverpool put the match to bed in the 68th minute when Salah’s inswinging cross was met by Joel Matip four yards out, the centre-back wildly celebrating his first goal since August 2019 in front of the Kop – and Nelson Semedo’s own goal completed the rout.
The result took Liverpool up to second place in the table – level on points with Tottenham, and trailing on goal difference alone.