It is amazing how much the mood can shift in a short period of time. Prior to kick-off against Bournemouth, Liverpool had failed to take the lead in seven consecutive Premier League fixtures.
It did not take long for that to turn around as Luis Díaz opened the scoring for the Reds, and Jürgen Klopp will hope that the goals will continue to flow on Wednesday night against Newcastle.
But it was not just the lack of fast starts that were proving a concern. A midfield transfer remains possible, if unlikely, but elsewhere, there has been a significant shift: in the number of injured players.
On Monday, Curtis Jones, Joël Matip and Calvin Ramsay returned to training. On Thursday, Diogo Jota, Klopp revealed in his Tuesday press conference, will join them.
Thiago Alcântara will not be quite ready at that stage — he will take a ‘little longer’ — Klopp said, but the Spanish midfielder is edging closer to a return.
With so many games to come before the international break, Liverpool will need as many players back fit and available as they can get, with the intensity of the season set to ramp up.
Klopp had few options on the bench to change things against Manchester United and it was no different against Bournemouth, albeit Bobby Clark and Stefan Bajčetić were afforded the chance to make their debuts as a result.
Against Newcastle, Liverpool will have enough players fit to not name two goalkeepers among their substitutes and with Sepp van den Berg heading to Schalke on loan, Matip (or Joe Gomez, if the Cameroonian starts the match) will be an instant upgrade.
By the time Liverpool head to Everton on Saturday, there will be a hope that Jota can feature in the matchday squad and the suspended Darwin Núñez will also return.