It was a difficult afternoon for the Reds at Anfield despite their 2-0 win over Watford, and Liverpool players were quick to celebrate the win.
Jurgen Klopp‘s Reds were back in Premier League action at Anfield on Saturday, where cellar-dwellers Watford made the trip north.
While 37 points separated the two teams at kickoff, Liverpool’s afternoon was far from straightforward as the visitors proved a tough nut to crack and had a number of chances to find the net – only for a staggering amount of miskicks to deny them.
The Reds were far from their best throughout, but two magical moments from Mohamed Salah in both halves ensured all three points remained on Merseyside.
Liverpool are now unbeaten in 34 games in the topflight and for Jordan Henderson, when speaking to LFCTV, the team were left “delighted” with three points after yet another “professional performance.”
The skipper also cast his eye towards the upcoming week where the Reds have the chance to add another piece of silverware to the cabinet at the Club World Cup:
“An important three points. We knew it’d be difficult. They’ve got a new manager and knew they’d try and make it very difficult for us.
“Tough conditions to be fair but overall we’ve got to be delighted with the three points.
“[It was a] professional performance and there’s things we can improve on, of course, but we’ll take the three points and move on.
“Another big week for us and hopefully we can come back with another trophy.”
Similarly, Trent Alexander-Arnold conceded Liverpool made the afternoon harder than it needed to be, but the three points were all that mattered.
And after the news of Klopp’s new contract until 2024, the right-back spoke of how “grateful” he and the rest of the team are to have a manager of his calibre at the helm:
“We made it harder than what we wanted to but it was a tight game, they obviously wanted to impress their new gaffer so they were always going to come out and fight for every ball.
“But its three points at the end of the day and it didn’t matter what scoreline it was going to be, we just wanted the three points.
“He’s shown he’s a world-class manager, if not the best in the world. He’s done special things for the club and the fans all love him…we’re grateful to have a manager like him.”
After the game, a host of players took to Instagram to celebrate the hard-earned victory – with the injured Dejan Lovren and Trent both commending a job well done as Fortress Anfield again came up trumps:
Similarly, the skipper and Adam Lallana both kept their message simple as they lauded another “3 big points” in the bag:
Gini Wijnaldum was left disappointed after injury forced his early withdrawal, but he remained overjoyed by the result, as was Xherdan Shaqiri:
And James Milner was happy to “keep the MOmentum” as focus now turns to the Club World Cup for the senior faces of the side:
The latest result ensures Klopp’s Reds maintain their commanding lead atop of the table, but domestic league action is now on hold until the Boxing Day clash with Leicester.
Liverpool will now split in two as the club’s young stars take centre stage against Aston Villa in the League Cup on Tuesday before the first team take part in their Club World Cup semi-final on Wednesday.