Liverpool snatched an added-time winner against Everton to stay on the tails of Premier League leaders Chelsea.
Daniel Sturridge came off the bench after a month out with a calf injury to fire against a post in the fourth of eight added minutes and Sadio Mane knocked home the rebound for a 1-0 victory.
The result moved Liverpool back above Manchester City into second place, six points behind Chelsea.
Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp is dreaming of landing a knockout blow in the Merseyside derby - after a late-night viewing of the most recent Rocky film.
Klopp said he was already looking forward to Monday's trip across Stanley Park when some late-night channel hopping drew him to last year's 'Creed'.
In the film, Sylvester Stallone's latest protege takes on a character played by WBC cruiserweight champion - and Everton fan - Tony Bellew and the climactic fight takes place at Everton's home ground.
"Last night, when I watched Creed, that was my first impression of Goodison Park," said the Reds boss.
"It was really good but I had no idea Goodison played a part. There are not a lot of coincidences in life but this was my first impression. It looked good.”
It was a light-hearted distraction for Klopp from the serious business of preparing his side for one of their most important games of the season.
And for a man who frequently stresses the need for perspective in sport, even he accepts that the fixture is huge for both clubs.
"Football is not the most important thing in the world but on Monday night I would say for 90 minutes in and around Liverpool it probably is.
"It is very, very, very, very, very big. It is a very important moment in the season for all of us."
Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp says he has faith in Loris Karius despite dropping him for last night's game against Middlesbrough.
The young keeper has come in for plenty of criticism in recent weeks, including a public spat with the Neville brothers and Liverpool legend Jamie Carragher.
Last night Klopp decided to replace Karius with Simon Mignolet to take the 23-year-old out of the firing line.
Liverpool easily beat Middlesbrough at the Riverside Stadium, with goals from Adam Lallana and Divock Origi.
Liverpool face Leeds United at Anfield in the quarter- finals of the League Cup tonight.
The Red's boss is likely to announce a much changed line up for the tough challenge, because of injury.
Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp has been reflecting on the loss of Danny Ings, who's been ruled out for up to nine months with a knee injury, having missed most of last season too.
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Both the families' and police's representation were funded by the Home Office.
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