Jurgen Klopp “loved” the fact that his Liverpool side “learned” in the 1-0 win over Everton on Monday night.
Klopp also said he had no doubts about his side’s character as they snatched an added-time winner to stay on the tails of Premier League leaders Chelsea.
Daniel Sturridge came off the bench after a month out with a calf injury to fire against a post in the fourth of eight added minutes and Sadio Mane knocked home the rebound for a 1-0 victory.
The result moved Liverpool back above Manchester City into second place, six points behind Chelsea.
“Of course it is (about) character but I was never in doubt about the character – but it was the situation,” said Klopp.
“The first half is really important for us because everybody has seen already that we can play really nice football but in this first half we could not play nice football.
“We need to learn. We learned it in the game and that’s what I really loved – that we did it so much better in the second half, that we learned from the first half.
“That’s really important but in the end you need to fight for every single ball – and that’s what we did too.”
Klopp also praised Sturridge’s impact after he returned to full training this week after a month on the sidelines.
“You’re thinking ‘Is he really ready for this?’, because it’s not usual that a player can really help you after only two sessions but he really helped us at the end,” he said.
“It was really intense and bringing on fresh legs was a really good thing that we could do.
“Daniel hit the post, Sadio finished the situation, so great.
“It wasn’t the greatest football but you have to take it as it is and in the second half we took it.”