There you go. A torrid start to season that has seen Liverpool underwhelm against lowly opponents such as Newcastle, Spartak Moscow, Burnley and Watford. This time, Jurgen Klopp’s Reds finally smashed one of the sides they were supposed to, setting a Champions League record, blowing away NK Maribor to the tune of 7-0.
Although the Slovenian minnows ended up offering only slightly more resistance than training cones, no Liverpool fan would admit to going into the must-win group tie completely confident the Reds would find shooting boots that have been misplaced for much of the last month and a half.
They needn’t have been worried as Roberto Firmino kicked things off in the fourth minute with his first of two goals, opening the door for Philippe Coutinho and Mohamed Salah to follow suit with even Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain getting in the act with 19-year-old Trent Alexander-Arnold rounding things of with his second (!!) career European strike.
Salah, who ended with a double to take his tally on the season to seven in all competitions, expressed relief after the match that they were finally able to start converting the numerous chances on goal:
”I think it was a great game, we did good,” the electric winger said speaking to BT Sport. “It was an important result for us and we have to keep looking forward.
"The team did good, we had a good result and that is the most important thing.
"I'm very happy, now we have to concentrate on improving the results in the Premier League and keep on moving forward."
"We had bad luck in the last three or four games. Everyone was confident a good result was coming," he added.
The Egyptian and his teammates will be looking to go again at the weekend against a formidable Tottenham, themselves fresh off of holding the mighty Real Madrid to a 1-1 draw in their own group match. Klopp’s men have had the run of the Londoners in recent years and will be hoping this resounding win signals a turning of the corner.