This season, Liverpool’s title challenge has been typified with a high-speed, free-flowing style of football.
Yesterday, against Manchester City, the Reds were able to do what any team with realistic title aspirations should do: grind out victories when necessary.
Giorginio Wijnaldum netted the only goal in the Anfield clash with a bullet header, and James Milner admitted that Liverpool were made to detract from the more usual style of play they normally deploy under Jurgen Klopp to gain a morale-boosting victory over City.
“It was a tough game – they are a top team. It was just about the result,” Milner told BT Sport.
“It was arguably one of our worst performances – with how we want to play – of the season. But [it was] a very different performance and a gutsy performance, with great defending from everyone throughout the pitch. We stuck it out and ground out the result. You have to do that.
“We didn’t execute as we would have liked and got on the front foot as much as we would have liked, and kept the ball.
“Credit to them as well, they stopped us playing. They had a good set-up and caused us a few problems. They’re a good team.
“You can’t always win games the way you want to and play nice, flowing football. It’s about grinding out those results when you’re not playing your best and not executing as you would like.
“I think it’s a massive victory for us and a very different one. But you have to win in different types of ways to do well.”
By Steve Osborne @BlizzardSteve75