Comebacks and milestones were the order of the day for the Reds after they were made to work for all three points against Sheffield United.
Anfield played host once more as Liverpool looked to extend their formidable unbeaten run at the ground and return to winning ways after two league games without victory.
Despite Sheffield United‘s position in the bottom three ahead of kickoff, Chris Wilder’s men were not ones to wilt from a challenge and forced Liverpool to dig deep to emerge unscathed.
Yet another puzzling VAR decision was to assist in their cause, with Sander Berge duly converting from the penalty spot beyond a returning Alisson.
With time on their side, however, the Reds would navigate through a sloppy period to see Roberto Firmino and Diogo Jota strike to complete the turnaround – much to the relief of those of a red persuasion.
The occasion marked Jota’s first league start at Anfield and as he did on his debut at the ground, he popped up at just the right time to clinch the winner and showcased how valuable he can be to the team moving forward.
And the 23-year-old wished the stands were full for the fixture as he celebrated another win for the club when speaking to LFCTV post-match:
“We knew how important it was to get back to winning ways after two games without a win in the Premier League and this game was really tough. We needed to come from behind so I think in the end it is a massive three points for us.
“Like I said before when I scored my first [goal], I just wish these stands could be full to make it even more special.
“But I think in the end the most important [thing] was that my goal was important to seal the victory, so I’m very pleased with that.”
For the man who joined him on the right-flank in Trent Alexander-Arnold, it was a case of lauding the “character” of the team after yet another setback from VAR.
“It was tough to take, them setbacks are hard to overturn, but we’ve got that character in the team and we’ve shown our resilience and went and got two.
“Two good goals [and] we had a few more chances to score but I think the three points is what we wanted the most.
“It just goes to show how good of a player he is and the team that we’re part of. I think we’re all lucky to be part of this team and a player like Robbo, we wouldn’t be where we are without him. Massive congratulations to him.”
The left-back himself took to Instagram after the game as expressed the honour of representing the Reds in the Premier League 100 times, a milestone made all the better with a “hard-fought” win:
It was a feeling shared by Joe Gomez and Jote who both made it known that it was no walk in the park:
And Alisson wrote what everyone was feeling, sharing his delight at being back in action after missing the last three games – it’s great to have you back, Ali!
There is no doubting that the No. 1’s return is a major boost for the Reds as they look to find consistency at the back, with the Brazilian a key pillar of this Liverpool side.
After a hard-fought win against the Blades, the Reds will need to use their 72 hours of recovery wisely as a Champions League tie against Midtjylland awaits on Tuesday at Anfield.