Liverpool continues to contrive to find ways to win, and if some of them qualify as winning ugly, they will not mind.
They required the assistance of an on-loan Manchester United player, but Dean Henderson’s error allowed them to make it seven successive victories this Premier League season – a distinction shared with Chelsea’s class of 2005-06 – and 16 in total.
They will be more exhilarating and more explosive but, in one respect, rarely more efficient. For 69 minutes, Liverpool had not mustered a shot on target.
The first they did record was both tame and successful. Gini Wijnaldum’s drive was directed at Henderson.
It was not the most forceful shot the Dutchman will ever strike but it trickled through the goalkeeper’s legs. Wijnaldum had not scored for his club since his brace against Barcelona and, if this will not be remembered for as long, it amounted to another significant contribution.