Like the wittiest comedian in a room of hecklers, Liverpool are mastering the comeback.
For the fifth time in eight fixtures, Jurgen Klopp’s side recovered from a goal down with an exhibition of brute attacking force. And as in the previous fixtures, they were inspired by the number 8 whose resemblance to Steven Gerrard extends beyond the same shirt.
Dominik Szoboszlai had been introduced as a second half substitute five minutes before slamming into the top corner at the Kop end to banish Leicester City’s hopes of a shock.
It was rather like Szoboszlai had spent 65 minutes watching on the sidelines considering how he would nonchalantly take control of proceedings.
There is a thrilling familiarity about the Hungary captain imposing his class when his side most need it. The Gerrard comparison absorbs his unerring capacity to strike with venom from distance - ‘like unleashing a hand grenade’ as Klopp put it - in tandem with his athleticism and ability to pick the right pass.
Only the Liverpool scouts can testify to how good they thought the 22-year-old to be when meeting his £60 million RB Leipzig buy-out clause last summer. If they truly knew this was his level, it is no wonder they were willing to walk away from Jude Bellingham. Szoboszlai is a mirror image.
“I don’t know what I thought when we signed him. It was so long ago. But from minute one he has been super impressive,” said Klopp.
“I don’t have to tell him to shoot. He knows better than I that he has a pretty good skill. It was a super goal.”
It is to Leicester’s credit that Liverpool needed the intervention of their substitutes, although a home victory never seemed in doubt after Cody Gakpo’s equaliser early in the second half.
As a disciple of Pep Guardiola, Enzo Maresca is an uncompromising football purist. Trying to engineer Anfield victory with a series of one-twos in the six yard box is taking it an extreme. Marseca designed a game of the fox and the hound, Liverpool scurrying to enforce Klopp’s high press while Leicester’s players dared to play around them in a brave but ultimately doomed strategy.
For Conor Coady, last here in an Everton shirt, it must have felt like playing a different sport.
Kasey McAteer took advantage of the lack of a video assistant referee to give Leicester a third minute lead - a review would probably have deemed Kostas Tsimikas was fouled by Marc Albrighton in the build-up - and a combination of the woodwork and last ditch defending preserved the lead until half-time.
After the impressive Gakpo ensured all the momentum was towards the Leicester keeper, Szoboszlai delivered the knockout punch, before Dioga Jota’s cheeky backheel maintained Liverpool’s winning streak. Anfield is stirring again.