Liverpool bounced back from two straight losses with a comfortable 3-0 win at Huddersfield Town, opening up a five-point gap over their top four rivals in the English Premier League.
German midfielder Emre Can fired the visitors ahead in the 26th minute with a fine first-time effort from 25 metres which took a slight deflection to beat goalkeeper Jonas Lossl.
Huddersfield went close through Chris Loewe’s free-kick, but Liverpool doubled their lead on the stroke of halftime when Roberto Firmino fired shot past Lossl from a tight angle.
Mohamed Salah made it 3-0 with a 78th minute penalty kick after Philip Billing pulled down Can.
The result left Huddersfield in 14th place on 24 points, just one point above the relegation zone.
Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp, after the match, noted that his team played very well.
He added that the win was exactly the reaction he was hoping for from his team, after losing two consecutive games.
The Reds had stuttered in their past two matches.
There was a Premier League defeat by lowly Swansea and an English FA Cup exit at the hands of West Brom.
“It was exactly what we needed. It was not a brilliant performance, but it was very mature and exactly what we needed at the right moment.
“We could have done better, but we scored the first goal. We maybe gave one situation away, but it was difficult for Huddersfield to counter-attack. It was very mature and exactly what we needed.
“You need to win all the time, we know that. Coming back on track is the most important thing and now we have a few days to prepare for another difficult game against Tottenham.
“There is an open bill and we need to pay that back.
“Tonight we were better and the midfield did well with the counter press and that helped the back line. It was nearly perfect. Not the performance, but the result,” he said.