Nathaniel Clyne says Liverpool will not be “too far off” the top four this season after claiming they “played well” in their win at Sunderland.
The Reds earned a 1-0 victory at Sunderland on Wednesday night with a solid defensive display which leaves Jurgen Klopp’s men five points adrift of the top four going into 2016.
“If we’re solid in defence, don’t given the opposition any chances, and keep a clean sheet, there’s always a bigger chance that we’ll get maximum points,” Clyne told the club’s website.
“It was a good performance for us as a team and it was important to get the three points today. I think we deserved it.
“We played well and got the goal, we probably could have scored more goals, but we’ll take the three points and a clean sheet.
“We knew that Sunderland would sit deep and try and play on the counter-attack so it was up to us to break them down. It was very difficult but we managed it in the end.”
The shutout at The Stadium of Light was Liverpool’s second successive clean sheet after their 1-0 win over Leicester on Boxing Day.
And Clyne pointed to the growing belief in the squad after Christian Benteke scored the winning goal for the second match in succession.
“The team is full of confidence with back-to-back wins,” he added.
“We go into the New Year with confidence and [we’ll] go into every game trying to win and push up the league and see where it takes us.
“There are still plenty of points to play for and if we keep performing as we did today I’m sure we won’t be too far off [the top four].”