Diogo Jota’s brace helped Liverpool see off Nottingham Forest.
Jota initially broke the deadlock just two minutes into the second half as he pounced on Fabinho’s headed tee-up from a Trent Alexander-Arnold corner.
The Reds’ lead proved to be short-lived as their visitors soon responded with Neco Williams scoring a deflected effort against his previous employers.
Jota put the Reds ahead again with a low volley before Morgan Gibbs-White’s acrobatic effort had a relegation-threatened Forest back on level terms again.
But another Alexander-Arnold set piece saw Jurgen Klopp’s side retake the lead courtesy of Mohamed Salah producing a trademark left-footed finish.
Here were the key talking points from Anfield:
Jota hitting stride at perfect time
It was always a matter of when, not if, Diogo Jota hit the goal trail again.
Prior to Monday’s brace over Leeds, the Portugal international had struggled for prolificacy after passing a full 12 months since he last found the target.
Now with four goals in his previous two outings, Jota is back in the flow of things even if he and Liverpool only kicked into gear early in the second half.
An instinctive finish saw him break the deadlock by pouncing on Fabinho’s header from a Trent Alexander-Arnold corner within minutes of the restart.
But Jota saved the best for last, producing a chested low volley to retake the lead for Jurgen Klopp’s side after Neco Williams had haunted his old club.
Had it not been for Keylor Navas’ sharp reflexes, he could easily have finished the game in possession of the match ball with a second half hat-trick.
Now over that year-long duck and seemingly matched by his tireless off-the-ball work, Jota is hitting his stride at the perfect time for Liverpool’s run-in.
Tale of two set pieces for Reds
Jurgen Klopp’s 100th Premier League home win was defined by set pieces.
His side were highly adept in creating chances from them as Trent Alexander-Arnold’s delivery caused chaos in a relegation-threatened Forest’s defence.
Similarly, however, they were also inept at conceding from set play as the plucky visitors were allowed to draw level twice from near-identical scenarios.
Andy Robertson’s unfortunate deflection allowed Williams to breach his old club’s net but the build-up posed more questions than the final touch.
Failing to shut down spaces in Alisson’s penalty area also gifted Morgan Gibbs-White the time and freedom to produce another, acrobatic leveller.
Mistakes are inevitable during a season where Anfield has undergone a spell of turbulence, yet its hosts can ill afford a repeat of Saturday’s shortcomings.
If Forest can punish them twice in a quarter of an hour, their Premier League opponents will be even less charitable in the quest for a top-four finish.
TAA on a midfield mission
Trent Alexander-Arnold was always destined to move into Liverpool’s midfield.
His recent deployment infield has been more by design than accident but it is now looking increasingly like a natural habitat after the latest outing there.
Teeing up Mohamed Salah winner took Alexander-Arnold’s assists tally to four from his last three games; eclipsing his return prior to that earlier this season.
Yet it was the devil in the detail for the West Derby native which makes that positional switch a no-brainer as he appeared more willing to test the water.
Early on, he had sprayed a clever ball wide to Robertson which resulted in a cross that deserved to be met with a Liverpool player’s head or at least boot.
The debate over Alexander-Arnold’s long-term future in the middle will doubtless continue to rage amid his team’s need for proper reinforcements.
Make no mistake, though, the 24-year-old appears to be a man on a mission.