Diogo Jota scored twice as Liverpool defeated Southampton to move to second place in the Premier League, one point behind leaders Chelsea.
Southampton arrived at Anfield clearly intent on attacking the hosts, but their bravado was rewarded after less than two minutes when Andrew Robertson was allowed to break down the flank and cross for Jota to poke in.
Liverpool kept the attack going, Sadio Mane heading wide before having a goal ruled out for offside.
However, just after the half-hour mark, the unmarked Jota tapped in from Mohamed Salah’s square ball following good link-up play between the Egypt international and Jordan Henderson.
With those two goals, Liverpool has now scored 700 goals since Jurgen Klopp’s arrival at Anfield. They are also the first top-flight team in English football to score at least twice in 17 consecutive matches in all competitions since Sunderland in 1927.
The Reds did not stop there, and a third goal came just a few minutes later when the visitors failed to clear their lines properly, and Thiago Alcantara punished them with a deflected strike, his second in as many games.
The half-time break provided only a brief reprieve, as Virgil van Dijk scored from a corner to put Liverpool up 4-0.
Midway through the second half, Jota almost completed his hat-trick but stabbed just wide as Southampton kept the damage to four goals when it could have been much worse.