Liverpool secured their place in the group stages of the Europa League courtesy of a win at Trabzonspor.
The Turkish side had drawn level 1-1 on aggregate when Teofilo Gutierrez slotted in from a Gustavo Colman shot.
David Ngog headed wide from six yards for the Reds but they got a crucial away goal when Giray Kacar put a Glen Johnson cross into his own net.
Dirk Kuyt completed the win when he slotted in after Daniel Pacheco's shot had been parried into his path.
Liverpool's goals came late on in the match and helped them negotiate past some awkward opponents.
Trabzonspor had beaten the Reds 1-0 the the first leg of a European Cup tie in the 1976/77 season before the Anfield side overturned the deficit to win the second round tie.
And Liverpool knew it would be a tough task to dispose of the Turkish side who were last beaten at home in December 2009 and had since won eight out of nine at their Huseyin Avni Aker stadium.
A banner in the crowd also read: 'You're Alone Here' as it played on Liverpool's famous You'll Never Walk Alone anthem as the Trabzonspor crowd gave the Reds the type of hostile welcome Turkish clubs have become renowned for giving opposing teams in Europe.
However, while the Reds were a vastly different side from the one beaten by Manchester City on Monday, they started off displaying the same lethargy and lacklustre qualities.
It appeared the visitors were mirroring the lack of appetite for the Europa League shown by Liverpool manager Roy Hodgson, who had left most of his leading players in England as he stated the Premier League was this season's priority.
Liverpool quickly had their lead from the first leg cancelled out as Kuyt was dispossessed by Colman, whose attempted shot across goal was sidefooted in by Gutierrez. Ibrahima Yattara had a glorious chance for Trabzonspor as the Reds failed to deal with a free-kick but headed wide from close range.
Liverpool slowly started to work their way into the game and should have scored when the previously anonymous Joe Cole dinked a lovely cross to the far post where Ngog nodded the ball wide from six yards.
It was a glaring miss which the Frenchman almost atoned for when he turned and jinked his way to the edge of the box only to shoot just wide.
Extra-time seemed a distinct possibility before Johnson cut inside on the right and delivered a cross to the near post which Kacar diverted into his own net.
It was reward for Liverpool's continued persistance and Kuyt made sure of the victory when he tapped in.