Jurgen Klopp was happy to earn a “dirty three points” as Liverpool recorded a 1-0 Premier League win at Wolves on Monday night.
Diogo Jota rekindled Liverpool’s top-four hopes with the winning goal on his return to Molineux in a game that ended with a worrying head injury to Wolves goalkeeper Rui Patricio.
Jota, who joined Liverpool from Wolves in September, drilled a low first-time shot under Patricio to settle a tight battle.
The victory saw the Reds climb to sixth, two points behind West Ham in fifth and five off Chelsea in fourth.
In a game of few clear-cut chances Mohamed Salah saw a late effort ruled out for offside.
However, more distressing for the hosts was the sight of Patricio leaving the pitch on a stretcher after a lengthy delay following a collision with his skipper Conor Coady, while trying to prevent the Egyptian from scoring.
On the game, he added: “It’s all about the result. A big fight. If we want three dirty points, I’m fine with that.
“We had very good moments where we should have done better. Defensively the whole game was really good. I didn’t like the start, we weren’t active enough.
“We defended well, we counter-attacked. A lot of really good football moments. The goal we scored was beautiful. I thought the goalie would have saved it but it was in.
“A lot of good news tonight but most important, the three points.
“We want to go into the [international] break with a positive feeling and we have it.”
Jota on big Liverpool win
Reds matchwinner Jota, speaking to BBC Sport, added: “Just a note to wish Rui Patricio all the best. I hope it’s not anything too serious. I wish him a speedy recovery if it is.
“We are in poor form so we need to change that. Today was a good game and we did our job.
“It’s a special game. I worked here for over three years. I know almost everyone in that dressing room. We just wish the fans could be here to make it even more spedcial.
“The goal meant a lot and it helped the team I represent now.
“It was really, really important today. The break comes not in a good moment. We had two wins, two clean sheets so we could have built some momentum.
“It was really, really important [to score]. As a striker I always want to be involved in goals. I had opportunities I didn’t take in the Champions League. It’s a good feeling to be back on scoresheet.
“If we play the way we have here I think we have a chance [of the top four].”