It was a question of when, not so much if. A sweetly struck volley from Golden Boot heir apparent Luis Suarez opens the scoring at Anfield before an immense counter-attack gives the stand-in captain a chance to show his unselfish side by setting up Raheem Sterling on the break before adding another curling effort himself.
Jordan Henderson has become creator supreme in the absence of Steven Gerrard; his smart chip into the area to top off a flowing passing move gave Suarez the chance to power his volley home and his pass was the catalyst to send the Uruguayan off and running with only Coutinho and Sterling for company.
Raheem would pick up his third league goal of the season by tucking away Suarez’s pass, but it would be the mam himself who’d have the final word at the end of the half with a low, curling shot that caught David Marshall by surprise before nestling in the bottom corner.
Three points today would send Liverpool top of the table — the first time since 2008 they’ve held such a lofty position in December — and, at this point anyways, that’s looking like a forgone conclusion.