Liverpool beat Tottenham Hotspur 2-1 at Wembley on Saturday to post a fifth consecutive win at the start of the season for the first time since 1990-91 and banish the memory of last year's London mauling by Mauricio Pochettino's side.
The Reds' dominance in the match finally paid off as Georginio Wijnaldum put his side ahead in the 39th minute after Tottenham failed to clear their lines from a corner kick played by James Milner. The frantic final few minutes after Erik Lamela's late goal for Spurs show there remains work to be done, but the foundation is now there for Liverpool to mount a significant quest for a first Premier League crown.
Jurgen Klopp's side won their first four Premier League matches of the season to go top of the table heading into the worldwide break.
"After we win at Old Trafford, we lost at Watford and we were bad", Pochettino said.
"Tottenham won't be happy but because we were so good, it was hard for them". "If you analyse the first five games, the performance was similar in all the games, but the opponents were all different".
"The performance today was better than the result". Now we have to prove that and do it again and again and again. The most important thing is to keep the balance.More news: Guardiola: Sterling knows what Man City think of him
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"You need an outstanding performance to win and that's what the boys delivered".
"I want to say that Liverpool deserved the victory but if you analyse the game, there are some key moments like the goal that we conceded. Playing our football in that way that's really nice for a manager".
Not enough to convince referee Michael Oliver that a penalty should be awarded, a retrospective look at the challenge appears to suggest Liverpool were rather fortunate to come out of the situation unscathed.
"A good pre-season should be at least three or four weeks", said Klopp.
"There is no point going through this season saying, "come on, come on, we have to win something, we have to win something".
"We will see, and then we play Paris Saint-Germain-they won yesterday without Neymar and Mbappe, so they can obviously rest players in the league".