Fabinho's far-post header eased some of the tension that had built up at Anfield over 43 goalless minutes, but the home fans were relieved when Bryan Mbeumo sliced wide from a fine position after the break.
Fabinho later said: "In general it was really good. We needed these three points and a good performance so it was nice to do it in front of our fans. It will be good to grow our confidence.
"It's always important to score first and in the first half, so my goal just before the end of the first half was important for us. We scored the second goal then after that we played with much more confidence.
"It's always nice to score here at Anfield. When I can help the team in the offensive part of the pitch it's always important for me as well.
"The team played really well with the ball. The front three played really well. We created a lot of opportunities to score. It is a chance for everybody to show their quality and step up. We did that today."
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