Last season, Liverpool were unbeaten against the top six sides in the Premier League with Jürgen Klopp's pedal-to-the-metal brand of football flawless for playing against the better teams in the division.
Atletico and Napoli's match precedes Bayern Munich-Liverpool on Tuesday.
The game was otherwise full of positives for the Reds as Sadio Mane ran rampant in the Allianz Arena. Corentin Tolisso lost possession on the halfway line to Roberto Firmino, allowing the Brazilian to dart towards the penalty area and play in Mane, whose shot from a tight angle eluded Sven Ulreich. However, Banks also pointed out how Mane isn't keen on a move away from Anfield: "The Serie A giants want Mane to be their marquee signing but the player is focused on returning to form with Liverpool".
Although his defensive positioning is still nothing short of dubious, his efforts in the final third can not be questioned.
Liverpool then doubled their lead in the 35th minute when Moreno's cross found Salah, who headed home at the far post, 0-2.
Had it not been for a knee injury suffered during the second half of the season, Mane would have produced even more in the final third.
However, Mane, who formed a risky front-three with Brazilians Roberto Firmino and Philippe Coutinho last season, does not envisage any problems, and believes Salah's pace will prove a big attribute for Liverpool. Despite the victory, the night was tarnished by an all too familiar woe - that is another injury to Daniel Sturridge.