Jurgen Klopp says there are no easy games in the Premier League after Liverpool returned to its summit with a 2-0 win at Cardiff.
On an Easter Sunday which saw Manchester United battered by Everton and Arsenal stunned at home to Crystal Palace, the Reds did not falter in their race for the title.
After a host of missed opportunities, Georginio Wijnaldum finally broke the deadlock with an excellent half volley before James Milner sealed the three points from the penalty spot.
With Cardiff fighting for their lives in the relegation zone, Klopp knew the Bluebirds wouldn’t make things easy and hailed his side’s patience and maturity.
“That’s the Premier League,” he told talkSPORT. “There are no presents anywhere, not even on Easter!
“We knew it would be really difficult. We had some wonderful chances in the first-half which we couldn’t finish off and second-half we used set pieces.
“It’s brilliant, the boys did outstandingly well staying in the game like this and not getting frustrated with all the things which are not easy on a day like this – because of the opponent and how they defend, the dry pitch, the warm weather.
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“The boys looked very mature today, that’s very important on a day like this. It’s difficult to keep patient and stay calm in this situation.”
Liverpool must now rely on a favour from bitter rivals Manchester United when they travel to Manchester City on Wednesday.
The Reds have a two-point cushion over City, who have played a game less, and a result for United would put Liverpool in control with three favourable fixtures remaining.