Liverpool captain Steven Gerrard continues to deliver in the big moments but manager Brendan Rodgers insists his side are no longer reliant on the midfielder - or anyone else - for inspiration.
The 33-year-old's superb free-kick broke the deadlock in the 2-1 victory against a resolute Sunderland side in midweek to put him within one goal of club icon Kenny Dalglish's tally of 172.
To get close to such a number is testament to the England skipper's quality and longevity and after nine goals in his last 13 matches, including four in his last four, he is enjoying his best Premier League goalscoring season since 2008-09 (when he scored 16 goals) with 11 playing in a midfield holding role.
"It is incredible really," said Rodgers of Gerrard moving close to equalling Dalglish.
"Moving him back into that controlling position has not stopped his goal threat and he can dictate the game from behind.
"For most of his career he has played as an attacking player and been one of the world-class players so to get to those numbers and to maybe equal someone of Kenny's quality and status just shows you the true quality the guy has.
"He has a few more years left to go yet to hopefully score more goals."
1990 v 2014: Player-for-player - which Liverpool team is better?
1990 v 2014: Player-for-player - which Liverpool team is better?
1/11 Bruce Grobbelaar vs Simon Mignolet
Mignolet joined Liverpool from Sunderland at the start of the 2013/14 season and has so far been a success, recording nine clean sheets in his 31 league games. Grobbelaar however is considered one of Liverpool's legendary goalkeepers, famed for both his ability, his unpredictability and his wobbly knees. He played for Liverpool between 1980 and 1994, making 628 league appearances for the club. Over 14 years, Grobbelaar won six League championships, three FA Cups, three League Cups and the 1983-84 European Cup.
2/11 Steve Nicol vs Jon Flanagan
Aged only 21, Jon Flanagan represents one of Liverpool's rising talents. A member of the team's development squad frrm 2004-11, Flanagan has broken into the starting line-up this season and has performed well on most occasions. Steve Nicol was one of the team's unsung heroes, able to operate in both defence and midfield. He made 343 appearances for the club, scoring 37 goals before moving to the United States where he became one of the MLS's top managers, coaching the New England Revolution for nine years. After Liverpool's 3-0 victory over Manchester United this month, Brendan Rogers compared Flanagan to Nicol in the way they were both able to play on the left despite being right footed.
3/11 Alan Hansen vs Glen Johnson
Glen Johnson has been with Liverpool since 2009 and won 50 caps with England. A regular starter, he remains one of Brendan Rogers' go-to players. Alan Hansen played for Liverpool across three decades, from 1978 to 1991. Hansen was famed as a centre-half who could actually pass the ball, no mean feat at the time. He is renowned as one of Liverpool's great captains, winning eight titles and three European Cups in a career which would have been even more illustrious had it not been for a series of injuries.
4/11 John Barnes vs Steven Gerrard
Both players are Anfield legends. In 16 years with the club, Steven Gerrard has made 660 appearances in all competitions, winning the European Cup, FA and League Cup. John Barnes was one of the most effective wingers of his time, scoring 84 league goals in more than 300 appearances for Liverpool. Although he never won the European Cup, Barnes lifted the League title twice with Liverpool and played for England 79 times. Gerrard has 109 caps for his country.
5/11 Glenn Hysen vs Martin Skrtel
Martin Skrtel has played as centre back for Liverpool 239 times and established himself as one of the club's most reliable players over the last four years. He won Liverpool player of the year in 2012, when they won the League Cup. Glenn Hysen was at Liverpool for a relatively short period of time, appearing for the club between 1989 and 1992. The partnership of both Hysen and Hansen proved formidable during their title-winning season.
6/11 Steve Staunton vs Daniel Agger
Daniel Agger has made over 170 league appearances for Liverpool since joining the club in 2006. Agger replaced Jamie Carragher this season as Liverpool's vice-captain and has reiterated his intention to stay at the club despite possible interest from Barcelona. Steve Staunton was bought by Liverpool for £20,000 back in 1986. A versatile player who could operate in defence or midfield, he went on to appear 109 times for the club in two spells, winning both the FA Cup and league title.
7/11 Ray Houghton vs Jordan Henderson
Jordan Henderson has scored 12 times in 128 appearances for Liverpool. Since joining from Sunderland in 2011, he has found himself regularly in the starting line-up and has played a major part in the club's push for the title this season. A superb athlete, he is making a push for a place in England's squad for this year's World Cup. Ray Houghton played for eight teams during his career, including Liverpool between 1987 and 1992. His work rate was astonishing, often creating the space for more naturally gifted players like Ronnie Whelan to prosper. Houghton won two league titles and two FA cup medals.
8/11 Steve McMahon vs Raheem Sterling
Raheem Sterling is another one of Liverpool's rising young stars. At just 19, Sterling has already appeared over 50 times for the club and has become a regular starter. One of his best performances was against Arsenal in February when he scored twice in the five-goal demolition of the Gunners. He also committed his future to Liverpool, extending his current contract in late December 2012. He has a long way to go to match McMahon, who amassed nine trophies along with 29 goals in over 200 appearances. Liverpool fans voted McMahon, who also played for Everton, number 52 in the best 100 Liverpool players of all time.
9/11 Ronnie Whelan vs Joe Allen
When he joined Liverpool in 2012 the 22-year-old Allen had already made over 100 appearances for Swansea City. Allen has endured long spells out the team but has started every game this month. Whelan won an astonishing 19 trophies with the club in a 15-year career that spanned the glory years. He was pivotal in midfield with both Liverpool and the Republic of Ireland.
10/11 Peter Beardsley vs Daniel Sturridge
Daniel Sturridge is fast becoming one of Liverpool's great signings since leaving Chelsea last year. In his 43 games, Sturridge has scored 34 times. This season, in which he has won player of the month twice, has been the best of his professional career and his partnership with Luis Suarez has yielded an astonishing 48 goals. Beardsley was one of the most unselfish and intelligent players of his time, also forming a lethal Liverpool strike force with John Aldridge. He scored 59 times in 175 appearances for Liverpool, one of the 13 clubs he played for over 20 years.
11/11 Ian Rush vs Luis Suarez
Luis Suarez looks a shoo-in for player of the year this season, scoring an incredible 28 Premier League goals this term already. Although Rush's strike rate never matched that, he still managed 346 in 660 games during his two spells with the club. The Welshman, who made his Liverpool debut in 1980, is rightly remembered as Liverpool's greatest ever striker, famed for his electric pace and dead-eye finishing which helped the club scale incredible heights during his 16 years at Anfield. During that time, he won five league titles.
While Gerrard's influence to Liverpool cannot be underestimated he has a number of players around him now which means he is not the sole source of inspiration and game-changer.
Prior to Wednesday's match Sunderland manager Gus Poyet suggested Liverpool would be a mid-table team - instead of second - without the 28 League goals of fellow Uruguayan Luis Suarez.
"That is probably quite disrespectful to the other players," added the Reds boss.
"In my time here we've had Luis out and won games, we've had Steven, (Philippe) Coutinho, (Daniel) Sturridge out and won games.
"When Luis was playing the team finished eighth and seventh (in the previous two seasons) so it is not just about one player, it is about creating a collective spirit and quality to our game and that is what we have done."
However, Gerrard remains their biggest presence on the pitch and the sight of him berating his defenders after they conceded a soft goal at a corner against the Black Cats, or audibly shouting at Raheem Sterling to "get it in the corner" as they tried to see out the game, highlighted that.
"He is a guy who steps up in the big moments in games; when we need something special in the game the other night he stepped up and scored so there is no doubt people look to him - but it shouldn't just be Steven's responsibility," said Rodgers.
"You saw him the other night giving orders to the team, which is important because it is too late if you are in the changing room and have conceded a goal.
"He is very short, sharp and concise with his information but his qualities are continual every day and it is not just at this point in time, his leadership is first class.
"I think his status as one of the leading players in the world over the last number of years means he has that respect and I think you have seen from his performances he still has that big quality in his game."
Liverpool's title chances will be tested again this weekend when Tottenham visit Anfield and while Rodgers has continually defended his squad's ability to cope with the pressure he has now had to assess his own suitability due to his relative inexperience.
"In terms of management this will have been my fifth season but I've been stood on the touchline for 20-odd years and this year I have been able to put into practise what I have been working on for many years," said the 41-year-old.
"Although there is still a lot for me to learn, it is not as if I am new to it.
"Other squads have much greater depth and maybe better individuals than us but we are showing we are developing and we are looking to put something in place not just for one season.
"We are looking for sustainable success and that might be different for other clubs.
"If there is any pressure it is on other teams."