Liverpool captain Steven Gerrard has insisted that his side shouldn’t get carried away after the Red’s 2-1 home win over Sunderland last night.
The English midfielder scored a 39th minute free kick to calm the nerves during a tense night at Anfield.
Fellow countryman Daniel Sturridge scored Liverpool’s second, before Korean Ki Sung-yeung pulled one back for the Black Cats to set up a nervous finale to the game.
The win now sees the Merseysiders only one point behind league leaders Chelsea, however third placed Manchester City are still in pole position for the title as they have two games in hand and only trailing the league leaders by three points.
“Credit to Sunderland, they came to shut up shop and made it difficult,” Gerrard told Sky Sports.
“I don’t usually get a go (at free-kicks). Luis Suarez has been magnificent on set-pieces but sometimes you need people to step in and I got it right.
“He let me take one! He wouldn’t let me take one at Cardiff! But it doesn’t matter who gets the goals. We’ve won nothing yet.”
Sturridge has also won plenty of praise, scoring his 20th league goal of the season and only trailing Luis Suarez – who has 27.
“It’s a great feeling but it’s more important for the team,” Sturridge said. “It’s not about personal accolades.”
Manager Brendan Rodgers believed the patience and grit his side showed led to their victory.
“It was always going to be really difficult. There’s a perception that we’re always going to score four or five every game,” he said.
“There was a block of eight which was hard for us to penetrate.
“We had to be patient and then our quality came through. Our work rate was outstanding and we scored two excellent goals.
“We made the point that we had to show patience.”
When prompted if this results gives them a chance of the title, Rodgers said: “Certainly it’s a win that good teams grind out.
“We’re one point behind and this is it. We will recover for the weekend.”