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Winning feeling just what under-fire Liverpool needed

Liverpool midfielder Lucas Leiva knows the victory over Wolves was important to prevent further erosion of the squad's confidence after successive Barclays Premier League defeats.

Having lost to Stoke and Tottenham, the Reds laid the foundation for their 2-1 win over Mick McCarthy's side with a morale-boosting midweek Carling Cup win over Brighton.

However, that would have counted for nothing had they not picked up three points at Anfield, especially with tough matches at Everton and home to Manchester United to follow.

"It was an important win, especially after the defeat against Spurs," said the Brazil international.

"It was a heavy defeat at Spurs (4-0 - in which they had two men sent off) and it was important to win in the Carling Cup and get three points in the Premier League which gives us chance to be close to the top four.

"Of course against Spurs everyone could see the situation of the game when we lost two men and it is always difficult to come back.

"Against Stoke we didn't deserve to lose because we played very good football but when you have two defeats in a row the confidence gets low.

"We spoke before the game against Brighton that we needed to win, get back on track and go into the next round and come into this game with confidence and win and that is what happened."

Kenny Dalglish's side, which showed only one change from that which lined up at White Hart Lane with Martin Kelly replacing the injured Daniel Agger, appeared to show no after-effects of their mauling the previous weekend.

Charlie Adam's long-range shot was diverted in by a diving Roger Johnson and Luis Suarez added a sublime second. But it took less than five minutes of the second half for interval substitute Steven Fletcher to power past Jose Reina.

"It was an important win because of the defeat at Spurs," added Leiva.

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