Jurgen Klopp said Liverpool 'showed who we are' in their 3-1 win over Tottenham on Thursday.
Liverpool moved back into the top four, closing the gap to leaders Manchester City to four points - though City retain a game in hand.
Roberto Firmino, Trent Alexander-Arnold and Sadio Mane scored as Klopp's side notched their first league goals of 2021 and recovered from back-to-back defeats against Burnley and Manchester United in style - though there were yet more injury worries in defence.
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"We scored goals in the right moments, wonderful goals," Klopp told BT Sport. "The right people scored the goals. All good, apart from obviously Joel Matip had to go off.
"What I saw today was not about form, it’s… who we are. That’s us. Today, the second half especially, was us. It was a massive fight and football on top of that.
"I don’t know the numbers but I think apart from a few minutes in the first half, I don’t remember them having a lot of the ball. It was always pretty quick and counter-attacking and we defender really well. It was just a good performance and I saw a lot of things I wanted to see.
"Offensively, the way we played, I thought we coped really well with their formation. Played around, played in between, so we were so often in and around the box which is really important. The counter-press was really good. The last line defended really well; high enough but not crazy high."
The game started in frantic fashion as Mane missed an early chance before Son Heung-min tucked away a similar opportunity, only to see VAR rule the goal out for offside.
Firmino opened the scoring with the last kick of the half from Mane's assist. Alexander-Arnold doubled the lead almost immediately after the restart with a powerful finish but Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg pulled a goal back with a stunning half-volley within two minutes.
Mohamed Salah saw a fine goal of his own chalked off as VAR spotted a Firmino handball in the build-up, but Mane smashed a shot into the top corner to restore the two-goal lead.
As well as taking Liverpool four points clear of Spurs - though Jose Mourinho's side do also have a game in hand - the result provides a welcome boost ahead of a huge run of fixtures and following a double injury setback.
Stand in centre-half Fabinho was ruled out of the squad altogether with a 'minor muscle issue', while Matip was taken off at half-time.