Liverpool took a 1-0 win over Sunderland on Wednesday at Stadium of Light after an early second-half goal by Christian Benteke.
This was the second 1-0 win in a row for the Reds and the second game in a row where Benteke came up big and scored to secure the three points. Benteke’s goal came just 22 seconds into the second half. The win took Liverpool up the 7th place in the Premier League standings.
“It’s better if you decide the game early and things like this but we are not in wonderland,” manager Jurgen Klopp told liverpoolfc.com after the win. “We had to wait for the special moment and work for it, and that’s what we did.
“We took the right information from the first half to try to do better in the second half. We started with better pressing in different situations.
“It’s always the biggest challenge in a game where the first thing to do is fight for second balls, to find the right moment for creative football and in defence for pressing. That’s not too easy.
“In the first half, obviously we had a lot of possession, no real chance or opportunity for Sunderland. They had some set-plays and one counter-attack, I think, but it was a big challenge for us.
“After half-time we forced this goal and could have scored the second one and the decision would have been made, but we didn’t. So we had to stay concentrated until the end. We were and it was a deserved win.”