You never appreciate what you have until its taken from you.
Goals from Diogo Jota and Sadio Mané, in the first and second halves respectively, saw Jürgen Klopp’s squad ease to the win, buoyed by a jubilant crowd.
Jordan Henderson, making his first competitive start at Anfield since going down with a groin injury in February, was ecstatic to have such a crucial advantage back again:
“The fans keep you going,” the skipper said in his post-match interview. “We dealt with Burnley quite well and we could have scored more to be honest.”
The Reds were up to it from the off, trading blows with the visitors in the first half before turning up the pressure second period and out-shooting the Clarets 27-9 in the game.
“Nobody likes to play against us at Anfield with a full crowd,” Henderson continued.
“Now we have the fans back it is a different ball game. Now we have our fortress back we need to make this as difficult a place to go as possible.”
A sparkling debut for Harvey Elliot in midfield, minutes in the tank for the likes of Jordan Henderson and Thiago, and a first run out for Joe Gomez since his season ending injury last November, suggests that Liverpool are setting themselves up for an early season push in what will be a brutal title race.
The Reds next opponent will be Chelsea, who will be visiting Anfield next Saturday.