Diogo Jota got the Reds off the mark for the 2021/22 campaign with a fierce drive in the 26th minute and Roberto Firmino all but wrapped up the points with a goal midway through the second half, having only entered the pitch minutes earlier.

Although Mo Salah had assisted both efforts and he got on the scoresheet before full-time with a record-breaking strike, becoming the first Premier League player to score on five consecutive opening weekends.

“Pretty much as good as it gets,” Reds boss Klopp said. “What you need and what you go for is the result. The result depends on the performance and I thought we were absolutely good enough to win.

“It was a very professional performance. I don’t need a 25-minute sensational spell and we lose the game. An away game, against a newly-promoted team, in a packed stadium for the first time, they celebrate everything so I am really happy with how we play. We can play better, that is clear, but very happy.”

Meanwhile, Virgil van Dijk made his first competitive start in 10 months and finished the match to take another positive step in the right direction after he sustained cruciate ligament damage to his right knee back in October.

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“Each game helps and it was really good to see Virgil again on the pitch, especially on defensive set-pieces,Klopp said. “After that long time being out and the pre-season he had, being back on the pitch feels different, you could see all his class.

“It was hard for him to go for 90 minutes. we’ll see if he has enough time to recover. And that’s Mo. I would assume he knew about the record and wanted to score.

“A really good game, when you set up the first two goals, which is really cool and then after he scored, he tried to find Sadio (Mane) twice with the pass and Mo is Mo. When the competition starts, he goes to the next gear.”

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