Mamadou Sakho claims that Liverpool “took the lesson” from previous defeats to Manchester United on Thursday.
Liverpool eased to a 2-0 victory over their bitter rivals in the first leg of their Europa League last-16 tie at Anfield, with Daniel Sturridge and Roberto Firmino scoring the goals.
It heralded the end of a poor run of form against United for the Reds. Louis van Gaal had won his previous four Premier League games as United manager over Liverpool, including a 1-0 victory in January.
Defender Sakho believes the players have learned from their mistakes in that defeat.
“We were very solid,” Sakho told beIN Sports. “We played some great football.
“Above all we were able to be efficient, something that was missing in the league when we played them at home. We took the lessons from that defeat in order to be able to win tonight.
“Manchester United weren’t non-existent this evening – we felt that they were present all the same. It wasn’t easy but we were able to respect the orders of the coach.
“We were determined. We absolutely wanted to put in a good performance, which is what we managed to do.
The Frenchman added: “Manchester United are a good team — a very big club too. As long as the two matches haven’t been played, everything is possible in football.
“We’ll try to go there and repeat our good performance. In the meantime, we’ll savour this victory.”