At the fourth time of asking, Jurgen Klopp enjoyed his first win as Liverpool boss as the Reds worked hard to beat Bournemouth 1-0 at Anfield.
Eddie Howe’s Premier League strugglers started well, with Junior Stanislas thwarted by Liverpool ‘keeper Adam Bogdan from close-range.
Reds’ captain for the night, Kolo Toure, was replaced by Martin Skrtel after just 30 minutes, with the Ivorian veteran forced off with a pulled hamstring.
However, on 17 minutes it was the hosts who opened the scoring, with Nathaniel Clyne scoring from close-range after Adam Smith had cleared a clever flick from youngster Joao Carlos Teixeira.
Roberto Firmino has yet to justify his hefty summer price-tag, but against Bournemouth the Brazilian was impressive throughout.
In the second-half, Teixeira went close again, only to be denied by Adam Federici.
Firmino then went close to doubling the Reds’ advantage.
However, in the end the hosts were deserving winners against a Bournemouth side that offered little in the way of an attacking threat.
Klopp will no doubt be happy with his first win, with full debutantes Cameron Brannagan, Connor Randall and Teixeira all impressing. As for Eddie Howe, he’ll take heart from a decent defensive display from his charges, despite losing.