Jurgen Klopp aimed a barb at his forwards on Monday after Daniel Sturridge climbed off the bench to aid the stoppage-time win at Everton.
Sadio Mane grabbed a late, late winner after Sturridge hit the post, but Klopp insists that three points were just what his players deserved after they proved they were tough enough to deal with a “wild” Everton energy.
Liverpool dominated 68% of the possession, but could not create any clear-cut chances and had just four shots on target and Klopp admitted he was desperate to add some firepower to proceedings when Sturridge arrived for Divock Origi on 82 minutes.
“We needed someone who could shoot and Daniel Sturridge did that. If you only win games when you are brilliant you won’t win many games. It was a battle and we were ready for it, ” said Klopp.
Klopp though claimed his side passed an important test with the 1-0 win in the 227th Merseyside Derby.
“Enjoy isn’t the right word – it was very intense and a deserved win in a difficult game,” added Klopp.
“The best thing you can do on a night like this is win and you saw how happy our fans were. I can’t remember one chance for Everton.
“The plan of Everton was wild football. They were chasing us everywhere, it is really difficult to play against this. We couldn’t handle it at first. We will be better at reacting against this in a few months.
“We were much better in the second half, we could have scored earlier but actually I don’t care.”