Jurgen Klopp said Liverpool ‘showed who we are’ in their 3-1 win over Tottenham on Thursday.
Liverpool moved back into the top four, closing the gap to leaders Manchester City to four points – though City retain a game in hand.
Roberto Firmino, Trent Alexander-Arnold and Sadio Mane scored as Klopp’s side notched their first league goals of 2021 and recovered from back-to-back defeats against Burnley and Manchester United in style – though there were yet more injury worries in defence.
“We scored goals in the right moments, wonderful goals,” Klopp told BT Sport. “The right people scored the goals. All good, apart from obviously Joel Matip had to go off.
“What I saw today was not about form, it’s… who we are. That’s us. Today, the second half especially, was us. It was a massive fight and football on top of that.
“I don’t know the numbers but I think apart from a few minutes in the first half, I don’t remember them having a lot of the ball. It was always pretty quick and counter-attacking and we defender really well. It was just a good performance and I saw a lot of things I wanted to see.
“Offensively, the way we played, I thought we coped really well with their formation. Played around, played in between, so we were so often in and around the box which is really important. The counter-press was really good. The last line defended really well; high enough but not crazy high.”