Another magnificent performance from Liverpool’s front three saw the Reds romp to a 4-0 victory against a hapless Arsenal, rounding off an excellent week.
Roberto Firmino, who starred in the midweek destruction of Hoffenheim, was first to strike, heading home Joe Gomez’s inch perfect delivery.
Then it was in the turn of the red-hot Sadio Mane, who nonchalantly shifted the ball onto his right foot in the penalty area before whipping the ball into the far corner with frightening accuracy.
Mohamed Salah had spurned some golden chances but earned redemption by slotting past Petr Cech after a rapid individual counter-attack.
Salah then turned provider for substitute Daniel Sturridge to ensure Jurgen Klopp’s inspired side finished with a flourish.
Picking out just three stars from a glowing display is very difficult indeed, but let’s have a go…
A midfield which was sluggish and bereft of ideas in the first three games has suddenly come to life, and Can has been at the heart of that resurgence. After a brace against Hoffenheim, the German turned in another outstanding performance, simply overwhelming his opponents.
Yet Can brought more than raw power on Sunday. He showcased a fresh dimension to his game with superb passing and combined his bold forays into enemy territory with much-needed defensive solidity.
It now appears essential to resolve his long-standing contract dispute with the club.
Liverpool forked out around £35million for Mohamed Salah and, in an utterly crazy market, appear to have found themselves a bargain.
His coolly-taken goal will help to dispel doubts surrounding his finishing ability after he squandered an apparent tap-in early on, while his sublime cross for Sturridge, who simply couldn’t miss, highlighted his creative abilities.
The Reds’ attack was already mighty, but Salah’s arrival has taken it to another level.
The superlatives are quickly running out. Sadio Mane is becoming a world-class player at an alarming rate and he continued his electric start to the season with a deadly strike in the first half.
Mane had been relatively quiet before doubling his side’s lead with a flash of brilliance as he curled the ball past Petr Cech with stunning accuracy. Potent in front of goal and phenomenally quick, Mane is perhaps the most dangerous player in the Premier League.
That’s three domestic goals for the Senegalese international already this season, and it seems as if the sky is the limit.
The club has a new talisman, and he’s a pleasure to watch at the moment. Philippe who?