A dramatic stoppage time winner from Divock Origi saw Liverpool clinch three crucial points in a 1-0 victory over Everton.
Despite a midweek hiccup in the Champions League the Reds returned to domestic action against Everton in a fiercely contested derby which needed a goal at the death to separate the two teams.
The 100th league Merseyside derby at Anfield, and the 232nd in history, saw the two clubs head into the clash with opposing mindsets as Everton possessed a quiet confidence of causing an upset while Liverpool were intent on righting the wrongs of their outing in the French capital.
The Reds struggled to land a knockout blow on their rivals in an end-to-end first term as Jurgen Klopp‘s men continued to struggle piecing it together in the forward third.
Everton meanwhile pushed Liverpool to the brink in the opening half, forcing Alisson and Joe Gomez to make a number of stunning interventions on the goal-line to keep the scores level.
The second half followed a similar pattern leading many to resign to the fact that the game would finish with a stalemate.
Divock Origi, however, had another plan as his appearance from the bench set Liverpool on the road to victory after he headed home deep in stoppage time to send Anfield into raptures and Klopp charging across the turf in sheer delight.
After Sadio Mane‘s goal at Goodison Park became known as Mane +4 this is now Origi +6, as Everton‘s search for their first win at Anfield this century continues.
An emotional and dramatic finish keeps Liverpool two points behind Man City at the top of the table, with trips to Burnley and Bournemouth to follow this week.