Jürgen Klopp’s men overcame a shock early goal from Jamie Vardy to secure three points from a losing position for the first time season in what was a spirited and physical encounter. With record signing, Virgil Van Dijk watching from the stands, the Foxes leapt to an early start while many fans were still making their way to their seats, as Vardy capitalized on an Joël Matip error to score his fifth goal in five games against the Reds.
However, a spirited fight back and two second half goals from the irrepressible Mohamed Salah ultimately saw the hosts take home the vital three points. While 11 draws in all competitions so far has highlighted his side’s struggles to both hold onto small leads and complete comebacks, Klopp touted this close win against a troublesome opponent as an omen of good things to come:
"When we were one goal down our reaction was the best I've ever seen in this situation,” the German manager raved in his post-match interview. “The crowd were unbelievable and we needed them today to score these two goals. Mo [Salah] was fantastic with his dribbling and his vision. I couldn't ask more from him.
"Staying in the game is the real deal of football in this league but I am happy for Mo, I am happy for the team because this group is a fantastic group of players. It's a good team performance and a well-deserved win."
While a certain 4-3 win over Borussia Dortmund probably has a fair shout as “best reaction” to going behind, today’s victory ensures that Liverpool go into 2018 secure in the top four on 41 points even with trailing Arsenal and Tottenham having not yet played. There won’t be much time to pop the champagne in the new year however, as Monday sees Klopp needing to rally the troops for a second game in 48 hours in another tricky fixture against 7th place Burnley.