A late Trent Alexander-Arnold belter banished Liverpool’s Anfield blues, ending a winless run on the ground that spanned four months, slicing through Aston Villa’s European ambitions.
Mohamed Salah had earlier cancelled out an Ollie Watkins opener before the right-back morphed into a game-changer again.
Liverpool have been their biggest enemies this season, along with injuries and then followed by head-scratching VAR calls.
Klopp had more choice words for the technology on Saturday afternoon, when it ruled out Roberto Firmino’s goal for offside.
It would have served as an equaliser before the break, but the decision served as another example as to why the top flight needs to get in line with the Champions League approach and only rule for offside when the graphics prove a clear call.
This fixture was to be Liverpool’s platform to right a wrong that stands as one of the Premier League’s greatest shocks, but it devolved into a rescue mission before Alexander-Arnold’s curling beauty.