Jurgen Klopp identified one peculiar reason why Liverpool toiled versus Aston Villa, and voiced his opinion on the possibility of the Premier League single-season points record being broken.
Liverpool eventually emerged victorious after second-half goals from Sadio Mane and Curtis Jones resulted in a 2-0 victory.
For long periods, the Reds struggled to make an impact, and Klopp admitted the weather conditions hampered their efforts.
Klopp said: “A very difficult game for different reasons. Villa are obviously organised and made it tricky for us.
“The wind made it tricky for both but it was really hard to play normal football.
“We had to stay on track and do the right things and in the second half we had more of the good moments.
“You could see we needed time to get used to it. Two situations could have been penalties, we were unlucky but I’m fine – we are where we are because we win difficult games.”
Youngster Curtis Jones notched his first Premier League goal for the club, and Klopp was more than pleased for the tee: “What Curtis has is he’s in these positions. There’s no lack of confidence.
“He wants to be there, he wants to be decisive and that’s really good, he deserves the goal and the appearance and I’m really happy for him.”
On chasing the Premier League points record, the German added: “The only thing I can say is there’s no chance to win records if you constantly think about records.
“We don’t want a record we want the three points. We don’t think about these things, three points is difficult enough. Today Aston Villa was fighting with all they had and it makes life uncomfortable. I like it, it was not a brilliant performance but it was a good performance that gets us three points.”
Mane on records
The ever-reliable Mane found the breakthrough in the 71st minute as his best season for the Reds goes from strength to strength.
Mane admitted the potential records Liverpool could set this season are an afterthought, however, instead choosing to focus on one game at a time.
“We pushed as a team until the end and created some chances. It wasn’t an easy game but at least we deserved these three points.
“I think sometimes you can’t expect always to score five or four against a good opponent. They were really organised and we were playing patiently until the gaps opened and we scored the two goals.
“For us right now it is most important to win games, then you can think about records.
“We have important games and we will try to play game by game. It won’t be easy but that is the Premier League – it is always difficult.”