The Reds headed in to the encounter in high spirits following a decent pre-season campaign which saw them defeat Spanish giants Barcelona 4-0 at Wembley among other good results.
Jurgen Klopp has spoken of his belief that the current Liverpool side is now his team, suggesting there can be no excuses should the club fail in their bid to secure a European spot come next May.
Liverpool's Sadio Mane celebrates after scoring their first goal
And they got off to the perfect start, coming from behind to defeat Arsenal 4-3 with Philippe Coutinho (2), Adam Lallana and Mane grabbing the goals for the Reds in what was a pulsating encounter.
Coutinho will no doubt grab the headlines for his superb two-goal salvo, yet it was fellow attacker Mane who arguably put in the most complete performance as he eptomised the Jurgen Klopp style.
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As shown by the table provided by Opta, Mane was excellent going forward but arguably even more impressive off the ball as he harried Arsenal and contributed greatly in defence.
Aside from his stunning goal where he burst in from the right before sending a left-footed drive in to the top corner, the Senegal international also posted three shots and four successful take-ons.
Liverpool's Sadio Mane celebrates with team mates after scoring their first goal
However, it was his work off the ball which really impressed, contributing with four tackles, eight ball recoveries and a whopping 16 defensive duels won - more than any other player on the pitch.
The 24-year-old is hard-working, tactically intelligent and above all quality with the ball at his feet - attributes which will no doubt see him play a key role in Liverpool’s bid for a top four spot this season.
Liverpool manager Juergen Klopp