Christian Benteke took a personal confidence boost from his goal at Manchester United but has told his Liverpool team-mates to up their game.
Summer signing Benteke’s second goal of the season came in spectacular fashion on Saturday as he sent a superb acrobatic shot past David de Gea at Old Trafford.
It was a disappointing afternoon overall for the Reds, though, with that 84th-minute effort – coming with them already two goals down – proving little more than a consolation in a 3-1 defeat.
It was Liverpool’s second loss in a row and leaves them with seven points from their opening five Barclays Premier League games this term.
Reflecting on the United match, Benteke said: “It (his goal) was just instinct. I saw the ball come into the box and I just thought I had to try it.
“I had some luck and I am happy with it, but we didn’t get the three points.
“For my own confidence it was good, (it is) for a striker to score, but at the end of the day I would have rather taken the three points and so I’m disappointed.”
The 24-year-old Belgium international, quoted on Liverpool’s official website, added: “It was a disappointment for us.
“In the first half, we didn’t play (well), the second half was a little bit better but in general we didn’t deserve a victory.
“We have to show more. When you play for a club like Liverpool, you have to show more.
“That’s what we’re going to do now in training – work hard, work hard and try to play well.”