Luis Suarez had already celebrated a hat-trick – his first at Anfield – hoovering up West Brom’s resistance by first slaloming through them before twice heading in prior to the hour mark.
However, the moment that seemed to pause time on that Saturday afternoon in October 2013, most underscoring the gulf in class between Liverpool and their opponents in a 4-1 league victory, was delivered by the Uruguayan’s foil up front, Daniel Sturridge.
He combined speed and strength to swat away Youssouf Mulumbu then, noting that Boaz Myhill was off his line, caressed a deft chip over the goalkeeper from 25 yards out.
His manager at the time, Brendan Rodgers, described the goal as an ode to Kenny Dalglish’s catalogue; a quality finish crafted from acuity and poise.
With West Brom lining up at Anfield again this weekend in an FA Cup fourth-round fixture, the then and now of Sturridge’s career moves into focus, especially as the striker ponders exiting Liverpool on loan this month.
Inter have submitted a “serious” proposal to recruit the England international for the rest of the season, paving the path to a permanent deal, while the 28-year-old prefers a switch to Sevilla, who have only enquired about his availability.
Vincenzo Montella’s side are yet to follow an initial check with any formal offer as they explore other options – Chelsea’s Michy Batshuayi among them.
The striker was initially unavailable through a muscle issue and illness, but despite being fit for the encounters against Manchester City and Swansea, he was not included in the 18.
For the best part of two seasons following his watershed 2013-14 campaign, that was unthinkable. In the post-Suarez era on L4, Liverpool’s ambitions were tightly entwined with Sturridge’s presence on the pitch.
The dressing room lionised him, the backroom staff so heavily depended on his elite finishing and opponents dreaded his surety in front of the sticks, which is why his regular injury-enforced absences felt like a wake for success.
"He lights up this team,” Rodgers explained in 2015. “When you add a top-class player like him to it, you can go to another level.”
When Jurgen Klopp succeeded the Northern Irishman as Reds manager, the marksman’s availability still dominated the agenda.
Every press conference would include a bulletin on his fitness as the German answered what he termed “the daily Daniel Sturridge question”. He was still the talking point.
Now, however, the Birmingham-born ace is an evanescing force at the club. He started just 11 games in Klopp’s first full season in charge, which has decreased to five in the current campaign as the preferred front three of Mohamed Salah, Sadio Mane and Roberto Firmino have hit 50 goals between them.
Dominic Solanke and Danny Ings – nowhere near as refined in the final third, but more functional – have moved ahead of Sturridge, who is out of contract next year, as back-ups.
The scorer of 63 goals for the Reds has been an unused substitute more times in 2017-18 than he has featured from the off, and given his dwindling opportunities, status and trust on Merseyside, it is understandable that he wants to explore fresh possibilities as the World Cup approaches.
Liverpool’s willingness to sanction his departure ahead of the January deadline despite already losing Philippe Coutinho to Barcelona is a sign that both parties feel there is little to gain if he remains at Anfield.
A move may ultimately not materialise in this window if there is no agreement that placates the club and the player. If that is the case, Klopp will still have a potential match-winner within his ranks, but Sturridge risks fading further into the background.