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For a club famous for its fightbacks the world over, this triumph barely registers on Liverpool's all-time list.
Yet there was something highly significant about claiming the scalp of Tottenham after an absorbing contest at Anfield.
Make no mistake, Brendan Rodgers' side have played better and lost this season. This wasn't a performance from the top drawer, not even close.
Liverpool failed to replicate the free-flowing, fluent passing game which had blown Swansea and Wigan away in recent weeks and they weren't defensively robust.
But what the Reds did showcase was a bucket-load of character as they clung on at 2-1 down and then rallied to secure the most cherished victory of Rodgers' reign.
The Reds' previous showdowns with teams in the Champions League places this term have been hard luck stories - tales of promise rather than points with performances wrecked by costly individual errors.
This time roles were reversed as Liverpool gleefully took advantage of Spurs shooting themselves in the foot.
The calamitous mistakes which led to Stewart Downing making it 2-2 and then skipper Steven Gerrard converting the match-winning penalty late on were gifts, but they were accepted with ruthless precision.
It's a sign of the progress the Reds have made in recent months that when they were under the cosh following Jan Vertonghen's double either side of half-time they refused to accept their fate.
Good sides win games when they're not at their best. To do so against a Spurs team unbeaten in the Premier League for three months and fresh from dismantling Inter Milan, represents a sizeable step forward.
Today Liverpool sit in the top six for the first time this season and finally look down on their neighbours from across Stanley Park. While others are feeling the strain, the Reds are getting stronger and momentum is growing in pursuit of a European place.
There was only one winner in the shootout between Footballer of the Year candidates Luis Suarez and Gareth Bale.
Suarez was outstanding once again, plundering the 50th goal of his Liverpool career in his 91st appearance and drawing the reckless challenge from Benoit Assou-Ekotto which led to the winner.
The Uruguayan refused to give Spurs a moment's peace - the extent to which he got under their skin highlighted by Mousa Dembele's attempts to pick a fight with him after the final whistle.
It was a cherished victory achieved without Pepe Reina, who failed a fitness test on a calf problem. Brad Jones was handed his first start since the FA Cup debacle at Oldham in January.
The other change from the 4-0 rout of Wigan saw Daniel Sturridge return from injury at the expense of Joe Allen, who dropped to the bench.
During the first half it was Philippe Coutinho who lit up the game, cutting inside off the left flank with menace. The Brazilian's quick feet and ability to spot a pass has made him a welcome addition to Liverpool's attacking armoury since his arrival from Inter Milan in January.
Coutinho expertly picked out Sturridge early on but the striker's heavy first touch forced him wide and the chance went begging. There was a scare at the other end when Jones unconvincingly swatted away Bale's dipping 25-yard free-kick.
Liverpool were in the ascendancy and got their reward with a goal of true quality in the 21st minute.
Glen Johnson intelligently switched play out to Coutinho on the left. The £8.5million signing back-heeled the ball into the path of Jose Enrique and then moved into space to receive it again.
Enrique darted forward and Coutinho didn't disappoint him, threading it through for the Spaniard to latch on to. The full-back then picked out Suarez, who flicked a breathtaking first-time finish inside Hugo Lloris' near post.
It was a wonderful strike from a player in the form of his life as the Uruguayan took his tally for the season to 29 goals.
Enrique deservedly took the plaudits as well. Last season his form nose-dived badly but this term he has steadily improved and at times his understanding with Suarez borders on telepathic.
With his tricks and flicks, Coutinho's contribution was eye-catching but on the opposite flank Downing was equally as effective.
Tracking back and making key interceptions, the tireless work rate of Downing was as heart-warming as the sense of purpose he displayed when he attacked.
For so long that £20million price tag weighed heavily on Downing's shoulders but in recent months the shackles have come off.
Rodgers' threat to sell him in January proved to be the wake-up call he needed. He was close to squandering the biggest move of his career but now the penny has dropped about the standards required.
The Kop provided another shot of confidence to Downing, politely informing Bale via song that he was only a pale imitation of Liverpool's own flying winger.
Coutinho had appeals for a penalty waved away after Kyle Walker appeared to haul him back but as the first half progressed the Reds got sloppy, giving the ball away cheaply and inviting pressure.
There was a let-off when Gylfi Sigurdsson fired narrowly wide and then Assou-Ekotto shot straight at Jones.
Bale had been well shackled with Lucas Leiva shielding the back four and Jamie Carragher rock-solid on his 500th Premier League appearance.
But on the stroke of half-time the Reds gave Bale too much time and space on the right and he made them pay, whipping in a cross which Vertonghen nodded into the far corner.
The delivery was enticing but Johnson didn't cover himself in glory, having allowed the Belgian to get away from him far too easily.
It was a poor time to concede and the equaliser transformed the contest. In the second half Spurs turned the screw and Liverpool were a distant second best.
Jones denied Jermain Defoe before the visitors grabbed the lead in the 53rd minute. The award of the free-kick - won and taken by Bale - was soft but that didn't excuse the failure to deal with it as Vertonghen converted again.
Tottenham could have wrapped up the points soon after. Bale burst clear down the right and found Sigurdsson at the back post. The Icelandic international, who spurned Liverpool's advances last summer, appeared destined to score but Johnson did just enough, diverting his shot on to the post.
The Reds were being overrun in midfield and on the hour Rodgers took decisive action as Allen replaced Coutinho. The extra man in the middle paid dividends but it took a helping hand for the hosts to make it 2-2 in the 66th minute.
Walker's lofted backpass from halfway was wretched and Hugo Lloris raced out but couldn't deal with it. Downing pounced and then kept his composure, blasting it through Vertonghen's legs on the line.
Suddenly, belief surged through the Reds' veins. Gerrard was crashing into tackles and rousing the troops. Downing followed the captain's lead, crossing for Sturridge, who nodded into the side-netting.
With eight minutes to go Anfield erupted. In trying to clear Defoe's inexplicably played it straight into the path of Suarez, who was recklessly chopped down by Assou-Ekotto. Gerrard sent Lloris the wrong way to secure Liverpool's first win over Spurs in six attempts. The Reds' revival is gathering pace.