SUNDERLAND, ENGLAND - Wednesday, December 30, 2015: Liverpool's manager Jürgen Klopp before the Premier League match against Sunderland at the Stadium of Light. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

Video: Jurgen Klopp taking each game as it comes as Liverpool rise up Premier League

Jurgen Klopp is keeping his feet on the ground and taking every game as it comes despite Liverpool closing the gap on the teams ahead of them in the Premier League this week.

The Reds’ 1-0 victory over Sunderland on Wednesday night was their second win of the festive week, and now find themselves in seventh place, five points off fourth and nine points from top.

Christian Benteke’s second-half strike separated the two sides, with Liverpool holding off late pressure from the Black Cats to take home the three points.

Klopp takes his side to West Ham on Saturday lunch time looking to edge closer to the league’s frontrunners, and the German says the bigger picture is not a worry.

“We’ll celebrate from here to the plane,” he joked at his post-match press conference. “And then we fly home, go to bed and prepare ourselves for West Ham.

“30 points feels much better than 27 – more than three points better to be honest.

“You can see how close how it is. The ‘best teams in the league’ have six or seven more points than we have after 19 games, so it’s not that much but it’s also a lot.

“We don’t have to think about this. January is coming now and we play in three days. This was the squad we had at this moment, not a player more.

“Everybody needs a little bit of luck, and we will see.”

West Ham v Liverpool gets underway at 12:45pm on Saturday and is live on BT Sport in the UK.