The importance of Liverpool's 3-1 win against Leicester City this week cannot be overstated.
When the Foxes went 1-0 up courtesy of a Simon Mignolet own-goal you could sense the headline writers sharpening their proverbial knives in anticipation of another editorial mauling for Reds boss Brendan Rodgers and his faltering squad.
But by the end of the night Liverpool had earned a vital victory as goals from Adam Lallana, Steven Gerrard and Jordan Henderson ensured back-to-back victories for a side who climbed up to eighth as a result.
He may not have got on the score-sheet himself, but Raheem Sterling showed that reports of his demise were premature, as his cross led to Gerrard's goal and he enjoyed a solid performance overall.
His passing accuracy of 80 per cent was decent and he showed he was willing to use his skill-set time and again as he went on seven dribbles. His only shot was off-target but at least he tried, while he will be disappointed at having lost possession on 13 occasions.
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While it was not a world-beating performance, Sterling can be pleased with his evening's work and he looked like he could be playing his way back into form at exactly the right time.
Liverpool have some very tough matches ahead, but if their best players can hit top form, there is no reason they cannot turn around what looked like becoming a nightmare campaign.