Liverpool are in contention for a top-four finish after they beat Borussia Mönchengladbach 3-2 at Anfield on Saturday.
Key points:Daniel Sturridge scored the winner for the Reds as they edged past Borussia B with two goals in four minutesDaniel Sturrei, who came off the bench to score his side’s opener, came close to a hat-trick against the Bundesliga champions as they held on to claim their second successive victory.
Sturridge curled in from close range in the 28th minute and Mönchelbach midfielder Nuri Sahin went close in the second half as Liverpool held on for their fourth straight win in all competitions.
“We knew we needed a result today but we had no real plan and no real expectation that we could score two goals,” Sturridge said.
“They gave us chances to score and we missed one.”
Manager Jurgen Klopp said the Reds had to be careful with Sturreic in a game where the striker had scored a total of four goals.
“It’s a good thing for Daniel Sturridge to score goals, it’s a bad thing for him not to score.
It’s a very good thing he scored a goal today,” Klopp said.
Mönchendas coach Christian Heidel said his side were not able to hold on to the lead.
“Our chances were taken away, we conceded too many goals,” Heidel told German TV.
“Mönchel has a lot of quality and if he keeps scoring we can win.”
Liverpool are currently sixth in the Premier League table, six points clear of fourth-placed Chelsea, who face Arsenal in the Europa League on Tuesday.
Liverpool’s victory over Borussia were their fourth in their last five matches, the most in the Bundesliga.
“I have to give credit to the fans,” Klopp added.
“When we lost we lost because we played a bit too well.
We didn’t play well enough.
We have to be more careful when we play well, to make sure we play better.”