Wout Faes scored two own goals as Liverpool came from behind to beat Leicester City 2-1 at Anfield.
Kiernan Dewsbury-Hall capitalised on poor defending to give the Foxes an early lead but Jurgen Klopp’s side were gifted a fourth consecutive Premier League win by Faes.
The defender inexplicably hit the target at the wrong end twice in the first half on Friday to put Liverpool in front.
Liverpool were not at their fluent best, but moved just two points behind fourth-placed Tottenham with a win from their final match of 2022, with new signing Cody Gakpo watching on.
Dewsbury-Hall caught the Reds napping in the fourth minute, bursting through the middle unchallenged into a huge hole at the heart of the back four appeared and beating Alisson with a composed left-foot finish.
Leicester continued to look dangerous after Jamie Vardy replaced the injured Patson Daka, but Faes gifted Liverpool an equaliser when he attempted to deal with Trent Alexander-Arnold’s cross, only to slice the ball over Danny Ward into the far corner.
Matters went from bad to worse for Faes on the stroke of half-time as he calamitously lashed the ball into his own net after Darwin Nunez’s effort hit the post and rebounded into his path.
Jordan Henderson fired just wide early in the second half and Mohamed Salah struck off target after he was brilliantly set up by the dangerous Nunez.
Harvey Barnes almost equalised at the culmination of a fine run before an unmarked Dewsbury-Hall made a mess of a header in an increasingly open contest.
Nunez and Salah squandered further chances to extend Liverpool’s lead yet it mattered not, as Faes proved to be Liverpool’s unlikely match-winner.