Liverpool ended a run of four games without a win as Christian Benteke’s second-half strike saw them beat Premier League leaders Leicester City 1-0.
Claudio Ranieri’s side secured top spot for Christmas with a thrilling 3-2 win at Everton last week but they struggled to make an impact against their Merseyside rivals at Anfield on Boxing Day.
Divock Origi came close twice in the first half before he was forced off with a hamstring injury, but his replacement Benteke fired home Roberto Firmino’s cross with 63 minutes played to clinch a much-needed victory for Jurgen Klopp and condemn Leicester to just a second league defeat of the season.
Riyad Mahrez looked a threat on the counter throughout for Leicester but Ranieri’s men found it difficult to sustain an attacking threat against Liverpool’s intense pressing.
N’Golo Kante came close to an equaliser but Liverpool held out for the three points, in the process becoming the first side in the top flight this season to keep a clean sheet against Leicester.