Liverpool's win marred by yet another Sturridge injury
Christian Benteke's brilliant strike saw Liverpool beat Bordeaux 2-1 to qualify for the knockout stages of the Europa League with a match to spare - but the win was overshadowed by yet another injury for striker Daniel Strurridge.
The Belgium international's goal in first-half added time proved decisive after James Milner's earlier penalty had spared the blushes of goalkeeper Simon Mignolet, whose needlessly-conceded free-kick for time-wasting had allowed Henri Saivet to score.
In addition to his goal Benteke had a further two ruled out but ultimately his contribution was enough to send the Reds to Switzerland next month needing only a point against Sion to top Group B, although their place in the next round is already guaranteed after Rubin Kazan's win over the Swiss.
Benteke caught the eye with his winning goal and he won this praise from former Liverpool skipper Steven Gerrard on BT Sport.
Meanwhile, Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp was unable to clear up the reasons why Sturridge missed out on his latest chance to make a first team comeback, as he offered this explanation for his absence.
"He trained in the morning, then we went to the hotel and Daniel was with us and then he had to leave to go for a scan," said Klopp.
"At this moment I cannot say more, we have to wait for the results."
Sturridge has played just three Premier League games so far this season and he has yet to make an appearance since Klopp took over as manager.