Liverpool delivered their worst performance of the season Manchester City, despite a 1-0 win according to James Milner.
Georginio Wijnaldum’s 8th minute header was enough to seal three points for the Reds at Anfield and keep them in touch with Premier League leaders Chelsea.
Liverpool were more composed for much of the game and they held firm in front of a renewed attacking force from City in the second half.
Though dissatisfied with how the game had unfolded tactically, Milner said the grit on display by Liverpool showed they are genuine contenders at the top.
“It was a tough game, they’re a top team,” Milner told BT Sport.
“It was just about the result, it was arguably one of our worst performances of the season.
“But it was a gutsy performance, great defending from everyone right through the pitch, we ground out the result and we have to do that.
“We didn’t execute as we would’ve liked and kept the ball. Credit to them, they stopped us playing, caused us problems and they’re a good team.
“You can’t always win games with flowing football, it’s about grinding out the results as well and that’s a massive victory for us, you have to win in different ways to do well.”
Jurgen Klopp’s men now appear to be the team best equipped to carry the fight to Chelsea, who won their 13th consecutive game in the Premier League against Stoke City earlier on Saturday.