Liverpool's response to the disappointment of consecutive home draws was the most pleasing aspect of the 4-0 win at Bournemouth for Dejan Lovren.
After Everton snatched a point in the Merseyside derby, West Bromwich Albion came to Anfield and successfully frustrated the Reds throughout a goalless stalemate.
A fillip was therefore required on the south coast and it was achieved emphatically, much to the delight of Lovren – who was on target with the second of the goals at the Vitality Stadium.
“I was there at the right time,” the centre-back told Liverpoolfc.com. “It’s always great to score a goal but the most important thing is that we showed our quality.
“After two draws, we didn’t go down, we stayed like before. We were concentrated from the beginning, disciplined from the first second and it was a deserved win.
“It was really enjoyable from the first until the 93rd minute.”
Philippe Coutinho had exquisitely put the visitors in front with a dribble into the area and unerring finish, before Lovren took advantage with a diving header when Roberto Firmino kept a corner alive.
A 20th goal of the season from Mohamed Salah ensured a significant advantage that was extended further by Firmino in the second half as Jürgen Klopp’s men bagged the goals their dominance deserved.
“They had a couple of chances when we went 2-0 up. But we played really well and cooled down; even in difficult moments with pressure, we had maturity. We know each other well,” Lovren said of Liverpool’s game management.
“It was really great to see everyone up front playing well and Alex [Oxlade-Chamberlain] was brilliant.”