Video - Jurgen Klopp reacts as Liverpool beat Sunderland
Liverpool Jurgen Klopp admitted the result mattered more than the manner of his side's display as they beat Sunderland 1-0 at the Stadium of Light.
Christian Benteke was Liverpool's match-winner for the second time in five days as he plunged Sunderland deeper into relegation trouble.
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.
That left the Reds level on 30 points with sixth-placed Manchester United, but the Black Cats seven points shy of safety at the halfway stage.
Liverpool might have won more comfortably had it not been for the first-half heroics of Sunderland goalkeeper Vito Mannone, who produced a string of fine saves including one breathtaking effort to deny Roberto Firmino in front of a crowd of 45,765.
Klopp admitted his side were not at their best, but he heads into the New Year with his side well placed to challenge for a top four finish, as he told Sky Sports.
This was the view of match winner Christian Benteke: