Jurgen Klopp addressed talk of Liverpool's change in style this season, despite enjoying a successful start to the season.
The Reds are unbeaten in 13 league games and sit in second place in the Premier League, with the latest victory coming against Watford at Vicarage Road on Saturday.
It was much of the same from earlier games this season, where the Reds have been more pragmatic instead of free-flowing in their style of play.
Speaking to reporters after the game, Klopp explained that they must respect the opposition, whilst they had little time to prepare for the game after the international break.
“I know you always expect perfection, but we had exactly one session to prepare,” he said when questioned on his side's performance.
“We needed to focus on the specific quality of the opponent. We had to stay stubborn.
“It wasn’t a brilliant first half, but it was still good. The first goal was brilliant, the second a world-class free-kick.”
This may frustrate supporters, however Klopp concluded that, having sealed the three points, “[no] Liverpool supporter wants another result or another performance.”
“I know a few people miss one or two situations from last season,” he added.
“But in similar games last season we were not that convincing—it wasn’t clear that we controlled the game.”
Whilst the Reds have looked less convincing this season, it is this pragmatic approach that may benefit them later on in the season.