Liverpool rode a first-half storm from Red Bull Salzburg to eventually win the game 2-0 and march into the last-16 of the Champions League.
Naby Keita and Mohamed Salah scored in the space of a couple of minutes around the hour mark to seal the deal for the Reds in a game full of chances.
A game that began with the speed of light saw Salzburg creating the first big chance, but Alisson made a fine double-save to deny them the lead.
Thereafter, Salah had two glorious opportunities to score, but Stankovic stood firm to deny the Egyptian.
Liverpool held their nerve after the break and opened the scoring in the 57th minute, with Sadio Mane cooly finding Keita’s head for the Guinean to score. Salzburg’s keeper was no where near.
A minute later, he charged out to stop Salah bearing down on goal, but the Egypt international was sharp to take it around him and score from a tight angle.
The European champions had other clear-cut chances to make this a more comfortable scoreline, but they weren’t clinical enough. At the end of the day, those misses didn’t matter though.
Here’s how we rated the Reds after this game:
Alisson - 8
Made a double-save early on to keep his clean sheet and had to make other decent stops to thwart the opposition’s attackers. A very good night for the Brazilian!
Trent Alexander-Arnold - 7
Some of his passing was very good at times and he defended his area well, apart from a couple of slight mishaps.
Dejan Lovren - 7
The Croatia international stood up to the challenge and defended well most times. He had to be subbed off after picking up a knock around the 53rd minute mark.
Virgil van Dijk - 8
A dominant performance from the Dutchman, who kept the likes of Erling Haaland quiet and passed the ball well from the back.
Andy Robertson - 8
The Scotsman made some important defensive challenges and brought the ball forward with upmost confidence. A very good outing from him.
Jordan Henderson - 8
Started the game slowly, but picked up from around the half-hour mark and took control of it. His passing was assured and the screening of the back-line was superb.
Naby Keita - 8
Another good display from Keita, where he knitted attacks together in between the lines and contributed off the ball as well.
He scored the all-important first goal to keep Liverpool moving along. Subbed off for the last few minutes.
Georginio Wijnaldum - 6
The Dutchman was the quieter of all players, but he went about his business without much attraction. Should have done better with bursts into the box later on.
Mohamed Salah - 8
The Egyptian star missed a plethora of chances before and after scoring an outrageous goal to virtually seal the game for the Reds.
Other than that, he was a danger all game long and looked fitter compared to last few weeks.
Roberto Firmino - 6
The Brazilian had an off-day in the office, where some of his passing was not going to the right man. His work off the ball was great as usual though. Subbed off in the 75th minute.
Sadio Mane - 8
The former Salzburg man was a threat all game long with his pace and terrifying use of the ball. He assisted the first goal and should have got one of his own later on.
(SUB) Joe Gomez - 6
Came on in the 53rd minute and settled in well to deal with the pacy Salzburg forwards.
(SUB) James Milner - 5
Came on in the 75th minute and settled the game down in midfield.
(SUB) Divock Origi - N/A
Came on in the 87th minute and didn’t get many opportunities to impact the game.