This followed a similar vein to the majority of games this season so far, with Klopp’s side abandoning the free-flowing attacking football of last term.
Instead, they are sitting second in the table, with their best points tally after 13 Premier League games, by adopting a more pragmatic, efficient approach.
And speaking to reporters after the game, Klopp explained that, in encounters such as this—with Liverpool drawing 3-3 in the corresponding fixture last season—he had no other option.
“I know you always expect perfection, but we had exactly one session to prepare,” he explained, directly addressing outside perceptions of the Reds’ stylistic shift.
“We needed to focus on the specific quality of the opponent. We had to stay stubborn.
“It wasn’t a brilliant first half, but it was still good. The first goal was brilliant, the second a world-class free-kick.”
This may frustrate fans during the game, but Klopp understandably concluded that, having sealed the three points, “[no] Liverpool supporter wants another result or another performance.”
“I know a few people miss one or two situations from last season,” he added.
“But in similar games last season we were not that convincing—it wasn’t clear that we controlled the game.”
While it can be argued that there is less excitement in watching Liverpool so far this season, they are certainly more effective.