Jurgen Klopp's Liverpool side returned to form in the Champions League on Tuesday.
Liverpool bounced back to winning ways as they sealed a solid victory against Red Bull Leipzig in Hungary.
Roberto Firmino was close to breaking the deadlock in the first half in Budapest, but his header was ruled out because Sadio Mane didn’t keep the ball in play before crossing it.
In the second half, Liverpool got their reward for their brilliant display through Mohamed Salah as the Egypt international broke the deadlock after pouncing on Kevin Kampl‘s backpass and finishing his one-on-one in style.
Five minutes later Liverpool doubled the lead, as Sadio Mane took advantage of another mistake by Nordi Mukiele to make it 2-0.
And, after the first leg of their Champions League last-16 tie against the Bundesliga club, Klopp said he was happy with how they controlled the match.
The German told BT Sport: "It was the game we wanted, the game we needed. Leipzig can be a real monster, they overrun teams, they are really physical and tonight we controlled them in an exceptional way. We played a really good game and we got the result we deserved.
"We defended really well and had good recovery. It was a tough game with only two days since the last one. It's only the first leg, we know that but a lot of people were waiting for us to slip again.
"For two years we were really good and this year we have problems, that's fine. A lot of people expected us to slip again but the boys didn't."
Liverpool captain Jordan Henderson also expressed his delight at how they performed on the night.
The England midfielder told BT Sport: "It was an important game for us, a tough game and we're really happy overall. Keeping a clean sheet was important for us.
"From start to finish, defensively throughout the team we pressed really well and won the ball back. A good win but it's only half the job done.
"We kept going and got our reward with the goals - we've got to be pleased with that."