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Hard-Earned Liverpool Win Thrills Klopp, Benteke Targets More Goals

Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp is excited by the 1-0 win of his team Wednesday night against Sunderland at the Stadium of Light.

Christian Benteke's 46th minute goal settled the game which sees Liverpool finish the year 2015 in 7th place in the table. 

Klopp revealed he wasn't entirely convinced by his teams performance, but he was delighted with the three points.

"Three points, really hard work. This time of the year is really intense, the players have to fight really hard with games every few days," he said.

"It is not the best we can do, we know this, but we had to fight. We knew about Sunderland's situation.

Klopp is also mindful of the next game against West Ham United on Saturday.

"Everyone wants to end the year positively, we can and Sunderland can't but we take these points, go home, sleep two times and onto the next game.

"Football is a lot of things. You have to develop your style but at the end you need results. It is a good day."

Sunderland end the year as the 19th-placed team in the table. 

Christian Benteke's goal took his tally in the Premier League this season to six and the 25-year-old was thrilled to be nearing his best, having also scored the winner in Boxing Day's 1-0 win over Leicester City.

"I came to Liverpool to try to score lots of goals," he told Sky Sports.

"I'm in good shape and hopefully I can keep it up.

"As a striker, when you start you have to score and help your team-mates. That's what I tried to do tonight and we won and we can be happy."

Benteke put away a one-on-one chance after Adam Lallana deflected a pass into his path.

The midfielder said there was an element of luck to his intervention, but was pleased to come away with a win.

"I don't think I meant it to go directly into Christian's path, but sometimes you need the rub of the green, especially when you come to a tough place like this where they're scrapping for every point," Lallana said.

"It could've been two or three at the end, on the counter we had our chances, but it's a great result for us.

"Hopefully we can push on and get another win Saturday (against West Ham)."

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