Well, how good did that feel? Liverpool finally delivered a long-overdue victory to put themselves in a commanding position to reach the Champions League quarter-finals.
A professional and convincing 2-0 win in Budapest over RB Leipzig ensured the Reds left Hungary with one foot in the last eight of the competition.
A gargantuan victory
Liverpool can finish off the tie by avoiding defeat in the second leg at Anfield next month. Whatever happens, we remain in a strong position and have showcased a real response of champions.
There is a long way to go, of course, but Liverpool will savour this moment. This could be a performance we look back on as a potential turning point in the season.
It was a perfect evening, then, for Thiago Alcantara, who made his first appearance in the competition since winning the Champions League with Bayern Munich back in August.
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To celebrate a stunning win over an all but too familiar opponent, Thiago sent a message on social media which will delight supporters.
Thiago’s message showcased the unity and strong bond that exists between these special group of players.
Something to build on
There are still plenty of games still to go for Liverpool to capitalise on this sudden shift of momentum – not to mention, the small matter of a Merseyside derby in a few days time.
The Reds rediscovered their ruthlessness, and more importantly their confidence. This was the perfect evening’s work to take into a gargantuan Premier League encounter at Anfield on Saturday.
If the media have enjoyed overplaying Liverpool’s recent barren run of form, this was quite an emphatic response from Jurgen Klopp’s mentality giants.
Liverpool still have much to do to prove that the worst is firmly behind us. Still, the players are beginning to believe again and are looking like their former selves.
Let’s see what happens from this point on, but we should be pleased with the progress being made.