Jurgen Klopp conceded Liverpool’s performance was anything but “brilliant” but after a tough run of games the result was all that mattered.
With David Moyes’ side set up to absorb pressure and act as an 11-man wall, Liverpool required patience to break the deadlock and they did just that after the half-hour mark.
Mohammed Salah’s powerful strike from the penalty spot set another win in motion as he would then turn provider early in the second 45 with Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain finding the net to secure a two-goal win.
And while Liverpool were the superior side throughout, they were far from their best and while Klopp wishes his team “could have done better,” it was a result he was more than happy to take.
“It wasn’t a really brilliant performance, they made it difficult for us. We started pretty much each attack with a ball from the centre-half against nine or ten or eleven,” he told reporters.
“I wish we could have done better but I’ll take it. Wolves was a tough game and a couple of games before that United. We had to win this game and we did.
“There is no motivational problem for us. The boys were here [high level]. The difficulty tonight was to get the rhythm, keep the rhythm and stay concentrated. The biggest chances we gave them. Gini’s pass – sensational save from Ali, then Trent against the post, slapstick.
“I would give these boys my kids to look after I trust them so much, but they can still make these ridiculous mistakes. It’s about staying concentrated.”
The win saw Liverpool notch a victory over all 19 topflight sides in one season for the first time in the club’s history in what was yet another record to come the Reds’ way – but the manager’s focus remains solely at each task at hand.
He continued: “I don’t feel anything about that, it’s not about feeling satisfaction. I was in the game completely, I wanted us to win the game, our boys did.”
The Reds now have less than 64 hours to recover and prepare before Southampton‘s visit on Saturday.