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Jurgen Klopp delighted to Liverpool's patience pay dividends

By Damian Spellman

Published 31/12/2015

Eye to eye: Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp (left) shares a joke with Sunderland boss Sam Allardyce
Eye to eye: Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp (left) shares a joke with Sunderland boss Sam Allardyce

Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp was delighted that his team found a way to win against a Sunderland side that he did not feel were easy to play against.

Christian Benteke was Liverpool's match-winner for the second time in five days as he plunged Sunderland deeper into relegation trouble.

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The Belgium international, who scored the only goal against Leicester on Boxing Day, did it again at the Stadium of Light when he took advantage of some flat-footed defending 22 seconds into the second-half to clinch a 1-0 victory for his side.

Klopp said: "We were the better team and you could see that the pressure on both teams was big.

"The pressure was on a little bit more for Sunderland because of the intensity of the last weeks and months. You could help yourself if you got an early goal. We didn't but we did not do too bad in situations against a very good defensive team.

"They were only defending so that makes it pretty hard for us because you don't get space and you always have to go again and slow down the game.

"Then we created the goal after half-time and we controlled the game. They were waiting for set-plays, they are difficult to defend against but we did it.

"We could have got a second or third goal, we didn't, we had to wait until the final whistle."

The Reds are now level on 30 points with sixth-placed Manchester United, but the Black Cats are seven points shy of safety at the halfway stage.

Christian Benteke of Liverpool celebrates with team-mates Adam Lallana, Philippe Coutinho and Roberto Firmino of Liverpool during the Barclays Premier League match between Sunderland and Liverpool at Stadium of Light on December 30, 2015 in Sunderland, England. (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)
Christian Benteke of Liverpool celebrates with team-mates Adam Lallana, Philippe Coutinho and Roberto Firmino of Liverpool during the Barclays Premier League match between Sunderland and Liverpool at Stadium of Light on December 30, 2015 in Sunderland, England. (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)
Liverpool's English midfielder Jordan Henderson (R) shakes hands with Liverpool's German manager Jurgen Klopp (L) as he leaves the field after being substituted during the English Premier League football match between Sunderland and Liverpool at the Stadium of Light in Sunderland, north east England, on December 30, 2015. AFP PHOTO / OLI SCARFF RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE. No use with unauthorized audio, video, data, fixture lists, club/league logos or 'live' services. Online in-match use limited to 75 images, no video emulation. No use in betting, games or single club/league/player publications.OLI SCARFF/AFP/Getty Images
SUNDERLAND, ENGLAND - DECEMBER 30: Jeremain Lens of Sunderland battles for the ball with Emre Can of Liverpool during the Barclays Premier League match between Sunderland and Liverpool at Stadium of Light on December 30, 2015 in Sunderland, England. (Photo by Stu Forster/Getty Images)
Liverpool's German midfielder Emre Can (C) gestures to referee Kevin Friend after a foul for which the referee showed a yellow card during the English Premier League football match between Sunderland and Liverpool at the Stadium of Light in Sunderland, north east England, on December 30, 2015. AFP PHOTO / OLI SCARFF RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE. No use with unauthorized audio, video, data, fixture lists, club/league logos or 'live' services. Online in-match use limited to 75 images, no video emulation. No use in betting, games or single club/league/player publications.OLI SCARFF/AFP/Getty Images
Liverpool's German manager Jurgen Klopp (R) hugs Liverpool's Brazilian midfielder Philippe Coutinho (L) as Coutinho leaves the field after being substituted during the English Premier League football match between Sunderland and Liverpool at the Stadium of Light in Sunderland, north east England, on December 30, 2015. AFP PHOTO / OLI SCARFF RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE. No use with unauthorized audio, video, data, fixture lists, club/league logos or 'live' services. Online in-match use limited to 75 images, no video emulation. No use in betting, games or single club/league/player publications.OLI SCARFF/AFP/Getty Images
Liverpool's German midfielder Emre Can (L) beats Sunderland's English midfielder Lee Cattermole (R) to a header during the English Premier League football match between Sunderland and Liverpool at the Stadium of Light in Sunderland, north east England, on December 30, 2015. AFP PHOTO / OLI SCARFF RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE. No use with unauthorized audio, video, data, fixture lists, club/league logos or 'live' services. Online in-match use limited to 75 images, no video emulation. No use in betting, games or single club/league/player publications.OLI SCARFF/AFP/Getty Images
Liverpool players crowd around Liverpool's Zaire-born Belgian striker Christian Benteke to celerbate after Benteke scored the opening goal during the English Premier League football match between Sunderland and Liverpool at the Stadium of Light in Sunderland, north east England, on December 30, 2015. AFP PHOTO / OLI SCARFF RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE. No use with unauthorized audio, video, data, fixture lists, club/league logos or 'live' services. Online in-match use limited to 75 images, no video emulation. No use in betting, games or single club/league/player publications.OLI SCARFF/AFP/Getty Images
Liverpool's Christian Benteke (right) celebrates scoring his side's first goal of the game during the Barclays Premier League match at the Stadium of Light, Sunderland. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Wednesday December 30, 2015. See PA story SOCCER Sunderland. Photo credit should read: Owen Humphreys/PA Wire. RESTRICTIONS: EDITORIAL USE ONLY No use with unauthorised audio, video, data, fixture lists, club/league logos or "live" services. Online in-match use limited to 75 images, no video emulation. No use in betting, games or single club/league/player publications.
Liverpool's English midfielder Adam Lallana (back) jumps on the back of Liverpool's Zaire-born Belgian striker Christian Benteke (front) after Benteke scored the opening goal during the English Premier League football match between Sunderland and Liverpool at the Stadium of Light in Sunderland, north east England, on December 30, 2015. AFP PHOTO / OLI SCARFF RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE. No use with unauthorized audio, video, data, fixture lists, club/league logos or 'live' services. Online in-match use limited to 75 images, no video emulation. No use in betting, games or single club/league/player publications.OLI SCARFF/AFP/Getty Images
SUNDERLAND, ENGLAND - DECEMBER 30: Jurgen Klopp, manager of Liverpool looks on before the Barclays Premier League match between Sunderland and Liverpool at Stadium of Light on December 30, 2015 in Sunderland, England. (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)
Liverpool's Christian Benteke (centre) celebrates scoring his side's first goal of the game during the Barclays Premier League match at the Stadium of Light, Sunderland. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Wednesday December 30, 2015. See PA story SOCCER Sunderland. Photo credit should read: Owen Humphreys/PA Wire. RESTRICTIONS: EDITORIAL USE ONLY No use with unauthorised audio, video, data, fixture lists, club/league logos or "live" services. Online in-match use limited to 75 images, no video emulation. No use in betting, games or single club/league/player publications.
Liverpool's Philippe Coutinho in action during the Barclays Premier League match at the Stadium of Light, Sunderland. PA
Christian Benteke of Liverpool attempts to shoot at goal under pressure from Sebastian Coates of Sunderland during the Barclays Premier League match between Sunderland and Liverpool at Stadium of Light on December 30, 2015 in Sunderland, England. (Photo by Stu Forster/Getty Images)
Liverpool's Zaire-born Belgian striker Christian Benteke (L) is shown a yellow card by referee Kevin Friend during the English Premier League football match between Sunderland and Liverpool at the Stadium of Light in Sunderland, north east England, on December 30, 2015. AFP/Getty Images
Liverpool's German manager Jurgen Klopp (R) and Sunderland's English manager Sam Allardyce (L) take their places for the English Premier League football match between Sunderland and Liverpool at the Stadium of Light in Sunderland, north east England, on December 30, 2015. AFP/Getty Images
Jurgen Klopp, manager of Liverpool arrives for the Barclays Premier League match between Sunderland and Liverpool at Stadium of Light on December 30, 2015 in Sunderland, England. (Photo by Stu Forster/Getty Images)
Sam Allardyce, manager of Sunderland gives a thumbs up to fans as he arrives for the Barclays Premier League match between Sunderland and Liverpool at Stadium of Light on December 30, 2015 in Sunderland, England. (Photo by Stu Forster/Getty Images)
SUNDERLAND, ENGLAND - DECEMBER 30: a fan poses outside the stadium before the Barclays Premier League match between Sunderland and Liverpool at Stadium of Light on December 30, 2015 in Sunderland, England. (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)
SUNDERLAND, ENGLAND - DECEMBER 30: Roberto Firmino of Liverpool arrives for the Barclays Premier League match between Sunderland and Liverpool at Stadium of Light on December 30, 2015 in Sunderland, England. (Photo by Stu Forster/Getty Images)
SUNDERLAND, ENGLAND - DECEMBER 30: Costel Pantilimon of Sunderland arrives for the Barclays Premier League match between Sunderland and Liverpool at Stadium of Light on December 30, 2015 in Sunderland, England. (Photo by Stu Forster/Getty Images)
SUNDERLAND, ENGLAND - DECEMBER 30: Jordan Henderson of Liverpool arrives for the Barclays Premier League match between Sunderland and Liverpool at Stadium of Light on December 30, 2015 in Sunderland, England. (Photo by Stu Forster/Getty Images)
SUNDERLAND, ENGLAND - DECEMBER 30: Alberto Moreno of Liverpool arrives for the Barclays Premier League match between Sunderland and Liverpool at Stadium of Light on December 30, 2015 in Sunderland, England. (Photo by Stu Forster/Getty Images)
SUNDERLAND, ENGLAND - DECEMBER 30: Simon Mignolet of Liverpool arrives for the Barclays Premier League match between Sunderland and Liverpool at Stadium of Light on December 30, 2015 in Sunderland, England. (Photo by Stu Forster/Getty Images)

Sunderland boss Sam Allardyce felt his side were unfortunate in the manner that Liverpool got their goal but praised his men's effort, although he conceded a lack of killer instinct in the final third.

"We didn't really produce enough quality," he said.

"When we did we got good chances, we couldn't finish them off but we could have done more with the opportunities in terms of our final third quality - we need to try and get that a little better.

"A resilient performance, one where Liverpool never really looked like creating too many clear-cut chances or opportunities and if we can build on that scenario and get a bit more luck then we'll try to go up the other end, get a result and score a goal.

"The injuries are a problem. We're facing another centre-half who's come off injured so we'll have to wait and see how Seb (Coates) is. I thought Wes (Brown) did great. I thought the team did well overall, a good shape to the side.

"They're playing a Liverpool side that's got a huge amount of money spent on it and often matched them."

Sunderland have taken just two points from their past seven Premier League meetings with Liverpool.

And the Black Cats are now on their worst run of Premier League defeats - five in a row - since April 2014.

Liverpool have won five games 1-0 this season, a Premier League joint-high along with West Brom.

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