But little did anyone there expect he would then inspire another stirring comeback, this time for Newcastle, who fought from two goals down to earn an unlikely 2-2 draw in their fight against Premier League relegation.
After Daniel Sturridge had put Liverpool ahead after just 68 seconds and Adam Lallana doubled their lead, the Toon looked dead and buried.
But they had Liverpool keeper Simon Mignolet to thank for their first goal, which Papiss Cisse headed in after the Belgian flapped at a cross.
Jack Colback then added to the general air of improbability by scoring his first goal of the season from an Andros Townsend cross.
Rafa says: “In the second half, we were much better, so a draw maybe is fair enough.
“The players fought until the end and the fans were behind us in a difficult situation.
“We have to do this from the first minute to the last to get points.
“We have to keep working. I believe they can play better and from what I have seen today in the second half, they can do well. I think we can stay up.”