Getting back to winning ways was imperative for Liverpool against Hull City following the recent defeats at Manchester City and Chelsea. Whilst the Reds didn't sparkle in the manner that they have recently at Anfield, they delivered a 2-0 win to jump above Everton and into fourth place in the Premier League table.
The opening half-hour wasn't the most exciting spectacle that a New Year's Day crowd will ever have witnessed at Anfield, but the Reds kept plugging away and were rewarded for their patience when skipper Daniel Agger headed home Philippe Coutinho's corner.
The Brazilian and Raheem Sterling both missed chances that would have increased Liverpool's lead, before a trademark Luis Suarez free-kick doubled the advantage five minutes into the second period.
Hull improved somewhat after that, but the game was long since won, with Brendan Rodgers able to introduce Steven Gerrard for half an hour. The skipper made his first appearance since a hamstring injury sustained against West Ham last month.
Gerrard, his manager and his teammates can reflect on a low-key job well done in their first game of 2014. Here are six lessons learned from Anfield: