The Brazilian and Belgian, who have been heavily criticised, were involved in the decisive goal as the Reds downed the Premier League’s in-form side
Ahead of kick off with Leicester City at Anfield, Liverpool were desperate to make a statement against opposition sides who sit deep and allow them to dominate possession.
Christian Benteke, too, was determined to make an assertion following Jurgen Klopp’s challenge to the striker. After the 3-0 defeat to Watford last weekend, the manager pointed out it was the Belgian’s job to make sure he was a certainty for the starting line-up.
The 25-year-old was not among the starting XI, but due to an unfortunate injury to the industrious and confident Divock Origi in the first half, the forward was afforded the opportunity to tinker with his manager’s thinking.
Roberto Firmino was another who needed to tattoo himself on a game again. Since the 4-1 demolition of Manchester City at the Etihad, the Brazilian had been largely anonymous for the Reds.
It was apt then, that against the Premier League pacesetters on Boxing Day, Liverpool ousted a side happy to hang back with Benteke and Firmino combining for the decisive goal.