After Liverpool stumbled to a 2-0 weekend defeat to Burnley, it was fair to question how they might perform against Burton Albion in the EFL Cup. But the Reds left no doubt in their 5-0 thrashing of the Championship side.
Sadio Mané, for the second time in as many matches, was the biggest standout for the team in the win. The Senegalese attacker used his quickness and creative verve to pull the strings and set the table for a brilliant all-around team performance.
For those who had doubted Liverpool following the £30 million mid-summer acquisition of Mané, he's provided a strong response.
Still, manager Jürgen Klopp tried to maintain perspective when asked about the forward after the victory over Burton Albion.
"I really like this player," Klopp said. "But I don't like to talk too much after only two games for him. It's not that we have to pat ourselves on the back every day at signing him."
While that's a fair assessment from the manager, it's unlikely that the larger Liverpool fanbase will tone down its enthusiasm over Mané anytime soon. Along with the likes of Roberto Firmino, Philippe Coutinho, Divock Origi and others, he's helped the squad regain its high-powered attacking edge. And that's something to get excited about.