Mohamed Salah scored twice to reach a half-century of Liverpool goals in a comfortable victory over Red Star Belgrade in the Champions League today.
It was a dominant display from the hosts, Roberto Firmino firing in Andy Robertson’s cut-back on 20 minutes.
Salah got his first just before the break then added a second with a penalty won by Sadio Mane.
And Mane slotted a fourth goal with 10 minutes to go after missing another penalty just moments before.
Goal-scorers aside, Xherdan Shaqiri proved influential for the hosts – an excellent through ball to Robertson helped set up Firmino’s opener and it was the Swiss player’s flick that then assisted Salah’s first goal.
Firmino, one of five players back in the starting line-up after a depleted Reds side narrowly beat Huddersfield in the league on Saturday, marked his return with his 13th goal in 18 Champions League appearances for the club and his 10th in eight games at Anfield.
Mane was also bright – he linked up well with Salah on numerous occasions and earned his side’s first penalty when he got an arm in the face from Red Star captain Filip Stojkovic.
He made up for missing the second penalty – won when El Fardou Ben handled in the area – by sliding in to poke into the bottom corner to make it 4-0, before substitute Adam Lallana was denied a fifth from close range.
For the visitors, Srdan Babic wasted an opportunity from a set-piece when he fired over the bar but Liverpool were dominant throughout and never looked like conceding.
Red Star, bottom of the group with one point from three games, were banned from selling tickets to supporters for the game at Anfield after incidents during and after their team’s play-off round tie away to RB Salzburg on 29 August.
Meanwhile, Tottenham goalkeeper Hugo Lloris was sent off for a moment of madness before Luuk de Jong’s 87th-minute equaliser denied them a Champions League victory over PSV in Eindhoven.
Lloris, the Spurs captain, raced from his goal to bring down home winger Hirving Lozano as the visitors led 2-1 with 11 minutes left.
Former Newcastle forward De Jong then poked in to leave Tottenham still without a win – and like PSV, with only one point – after three of their six Group B matches.
PSV had taken a first-half lead through a deflected Lozano strike, after the Mexican caught a dawdling Toby Alderweireld in possession.
But Lucas Moura then fired in an equaliser five minutes before the break and Harry Kane headed home Christian Eriksen’s cross to put the visitors ahead early in the second half.
Not for the first time in this season’s European campaign, Mauricio Pochettino’s side paid for a late lapse of concentration – leaving them, and PSV, facing an uphill battle to qualify for the last 16.
Other scores today: Lokomotiv Moscow 1, Porto 3; Galatasaray 0, Schalke 0; PSG 2, Napoli 2; Club Brugge 1, Monaco 1; Borussia Dortmund 4, Atletico Madrid 0; Barcelona 2, Inter Milan 0.