Jurgen Klopp says Sadio Mane convinced him to do something the manager has never done before ahead of the 4-1 win over West Ham on Saturday evening.
The Reds were excellent at the London Stadium as they banished the memory of their last trip to the capital, the 4-1 Wembley defeat by Tottenham.
The first goal was a devastating counter-attack which came from a West Ham corner, when Mark Noble’s cross was headed clear and Mo Salah clipped the ball to Mane before the duo charged upfield.
Mane was a surprise inclusion in the starting line-up having made a quicker than expected recovery from a hamstring problem.
The Senegal striker was certainly showing no ill-effects from the injury as he hared the length of the field before squaring for Salah to tuck away.
“I decided after just one training session to bring Sadio in from the beginning,” revealed Reds boss Jurgen Klopp.
“I’ve never done that before, but obviously it was not the worst idea I’ve ever had. Sadio is a naturally fit player, he is a machine.
“The first goal was a fantastic counter-attack, the second from a corner and that’s two goals from set-plays in a week. We’ve had that before – but usually from the other team.
“Our response to their goal was outstanding, Oxlade-Chamberlain used the chance, and then brilliant play for the fourth.
“Games sometimes are not like this. Two weeks ago at Wembley I felt quite different and we have responded really well. We wanted to strike back and we have with really good results.”