Wolves were swept aside at Anfield as Liverpool romped to a 4-0 victory in a match notable as the first time the Reds supporters have seen them since they became Premier League champions.
And Jurgen Klopp’s men played like champions too, capitalising on an early error from Wolves captain Conor Coady to take the lead through Mohamed Salah.
Three second half goals were to come from Georginio Wijnaldum, Joel Matip and an own goal from Nélson Semedo as Liverpool roared level with Tottenham once again.
Here’s how the nationals reported a game Wolves will want to forget.
Five months after the coronation the Kop finally reverberated to the sound of “champions”.
Liverpool showed the watching faithful and the rest of the Premier League why with a ruthless dissection of a Wolves team that looked lost without Raúl Jiménez as their focal point.
“If no one is injured then it was the perfect night,” said Jürgen Klopp, having dusted off his fist-pump celebration in front of the Kop for the first time since March.
“When we came out for the warm-up and heard the noise it was a proper goose-bump moment. It was so nice to hear You’ll Never Walk Alone again too. It was nice that we could give them something back.”
Liverpool gave 2,000 fans a first-hand demonstration of their defensive resilience and their ability to punish any lapse in the opposition ranks.
Unfortunately for Conor Coady and Nuno Espírito Santo’s team, they offered up plenty.
Coady endured a night to forget back at his old club as his error led to the opening goal for Mohamed Salah and VAR overturned a penalty he won with a dreadful dive.
If there is one, albeit scant, consolation for Liverpool becoming champions in lockdown it is this: the Anfield title celebrations have barely begun, let alone finished yet.
An emphatic win and performance over Wolves was received by those in attendance as the start of the victory parade that never was.
By the time Nelson Semedo had put into his own net for Liverpool’s fourth, there was a party mood inside this stadium.
Jurgen Klopp and his players will never see the next few months of reconnecting with their fans that way, of course.
They are too fixated on securing a 20th title rather than dine out on the memories of the 19th. The joy for Klopp is the mutual benefits of his side feeling the emotion of The Kop’s delayed gratification.
Jurgen Klopp could hear it before he emerged from the tunnel and walked out with a beaming smile, his right arm tapping his heart before waving towards the faces he had been desperate to see.
Liverpool had run out for their warm-up against Wolves to a backdrop of applause, cries of ‘come on!’ and, in some cases, tears.
After a lengthy 269 days, a period of no supporters at Anfield ended with 1500 of them on the Kop and 500 in the Main Stand.
It was emotional for fans to be back and for the team to have them back, albeit in such a limited dose.
Without Raul Jimenez, missing after a sickening clash of heads against Arsenal last weekend that left him with a fractured skull, Wolves struggled to worry Liverpool’s rearguard much.
Liverpool is a city that prides itself on finding the right song for the right occasion and at 8pm on Sunday evening it proved the case again.
Oh Happy Day, by the Edwin Hawkins Singers, was the Anfield DJ’s record of choice and those three words captured the mood.
As supporters returned to this stadium for the first time since March 11, 39 long weeks ago, so the team they idolise summoned a display befitting of their status.
On paper Wolves looked like they could have prime nuisance value but the reality was totally different.
Nuno Espirito Santo, their impressive manager, was reduced to standing with arms folded in disbelief as Liverpool went through the gears, scoring four times and responding to the challenge that is coming from North and West London in the most emphatic fashion.
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They had waited ovr 30 years for this moment.
As Liverpool’s players took to the field, the 2000 emotional supporters lucky enough to get their hands on that golden ticket for Anfield were able to sing that they were the champions of England.
Looking at their form at home – a stunning unbeaten run which has now been increased to 65 in the Premier League – you could argue that Liverpool have not missed their fans as much as other sides despite much fuss being made about their impact.
But for Liverpool, who take their place alongside Spurs at the top of the League, this was business as usual and the table-toppers meet at Anfield on Wednesday week.
The biggest surprise last night was that these fans would have felt like chanting the name of one of their own, even though he was playing for the opposition.
Because lifelong Reds fan Conor Coady, who made just two starts before ending his nine-year association at the club, suffered an absolute shocker.