Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp admitted that Sheffield United made it “nervy” for his side as they came away from Bramall Lane with a 2-0 win on Wednesday night.
The Blades, who welcomed back Chris Wilder to the dugout after losing 5-0 to Burnley at the weekend, are rooted to the bottom of the Premier League table, but the Merseyside outfit were unimpressive for much of the match.
Virgil van Dijk opened the scoring with a header from a Trent Alexander-Arnold corner in the 37th minute, but Liverpool didn’t build on that lead until deep into added time of the second half when Dominik Szoboszlai scored his first league goal of the season.
“Really happy,” Klopp told BBC Match of the Day. “It was a very mature and resilient performance – when it got exciting for them, it was our fault but everybody was mostly really concentrated and focused.
“We didn’t let the atmosphere really happen, I think everyone was really ready to go for it and we calmed that down.
“The first goal was a great goal and the second goal was outstanding – we would have loved to have ended it earlier but it was a nice recovery from Darwin and a super pass.
“I would have taken 1-0 as it was nervy, each throw-in was the most dangerous situation, it was really difficult to defend but we came through that. We take the three points and keep going, recover and go again.”
Liverpool remain second in the Premier League table on 34 points, two off leaders Arsenal after 15 games.