Goalkeeper Simon Mignolet admits Liverpool’s “old school” win over Burnley represents significant progress for the team.
However, he accepts they have to show the flexibility to adapt for the remainder of the season and must immediately switch back into top-six mode for forthcoming matches against Manchester City and Everton.
Jurgen Klopp’s side registered a win against a team in the bottom half of the Premier League for the first time since beating Middlesbrough in December.
All their five league defeats this season have come against so-called ‘lesser’ teams but whereas in the past the Reds would have foundered having gone a goal behind to the Clarets at Anfield they ground out a 2-1 victory.
“It was a day when it was all about the result rather than the performance,” said the Belgium goalkeeper, who was praised in Monday morning’s mailbox.
“We knew beforehand what everyone was saying about how we didn’t manage to get results against the lower teams who play a different style of football compared to the top teams.
“Although we went behind, we fought back by playing old school, English football. We fought for everything.
“The only thing that mattered was the three points. That was our objective and we achieved it with a lot of hard work and by winning a lot of battles out there.
“It’s not really hard to do, it’s just about making sure your mindset is right and being prepared for it.
“You have to accept that sometimes you need to grind out three points.
“It’s a big step forward for us and we have to learn from this.
“We need to use the experience of this game because there will be other games like this before the end of the season.”
Five of Liverpool’s remaining 10 matches are against clubs currently in the bottom half of the table.
But prior to that they have to go to Manchester City on Sunday for their final encounter of the campaign against a top-six rival.
Their record of 19 points from a possible 27 is superior to any of their opponents in that mini-league.
But if Liverpool want to maintain their place inside the top four, just a point behind second-placed Tottenham and five ahead of fifth-placed Arsenal, who have two matches in hand, the next two games are pivotal and will require a different approach to the one against Sean Dyche’s side.
“There’s no point speaking about the way we played and why we didn’t create more chances because playing a team like Burnley is so different to when you play against a top team, who let you play football,” added Mignolet.
“It’s done and dusted. Now we forget that game and move on to the next one.
“Now the next two games are very big – Man City and then the derby after the international break.
“They will be different games compared to Burnley. It’s a different kind of game when it’s on the floor.”