Diogo Jota’s header ensured Liverpool won their first Premier League game without Virgil van Dijk against Sheffield United.
The Reds were forced to come from behind as Sander Berge scored from the penalty spot within the first 15 minutes.
Alisson, who returned to the starting XI after several games out, was unable to keep a clean sheet but made several vital saves to underline his importance.
Roberto Firmino levelled things up shortly before half-time and Jota’s effort, just after the hour mark, gave Liverpool the lead.
Andy Robertson and Sadio Mane were amongst the leading lights as the hosts leapt up to second and took advantage of Manchester City’s draw at West Ham.
Here are Liverpool’s player ratings after a hard fought win at Anfield.
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Brought more solidity back to the team and a couple of good saves
Not quite at his best, but still did well with searching crosses
Never a penalty, and didn’t really do much wrong in assured display
Struggled to contain McBurnie’s power in air, but kept composed
Outstanding down the left, created so much and always a threat
Had more work to do in midfield two, and showed he was up to job
As uncomplicated as ever, controlled tempo of game with passing
Fine header to score, but didn’t get himself in game often enough
A rare goal, only his second at Anfield this year, but improved
Created two goals, and always a massive handful for visitors
Goal ruled out by fractions, but still maintained Liverpool threat