Liverpool media round-up: Klopp on good signs from Benteke, Lallana on side being 'dirtier'

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A selection of the latest stories in the media involving Liverpool Football Club on New Year's Eve.

Liverpool made it back-to-back wins to round off 2015 in the Premier League as a Christian Benteke strike was enough for the Reds to beat Sunderland 1-0 at the Stadium of Light.

The win moves the Reds up to seventh in the Premier League, meaning they are now five points off the Champions League places - and nine points behind leaders Arsenal at the halfway stage of the season. 

Klopp said there is more to come from Benteke - who scored his seventh goal for the Reds - but it could have been more as he missed a late chance late on when he was denied by Vito Mannone. 

The Reds boss is quoted by the Liverpool Echo, saying: “When a player scores the decisive goal, it's always a positive thing.

“But I'm sure Christian will know he can play better.

“But at this moment, we need his goals more than anything else. And he made it again, so we are relieved.

“It's a good sign, and there is more to come from him.”

Captain Jordan Henderson hobbled off during the second half but Klopp said he doesn't know too much about the injury as things stand, but hopes it isn't serious as his captain only returned to action from heel and metatarsal injuries a month ago.

The Liverpool boss was also coy when it came to any mention of title talk when asked by Sky Sports, and seemed to indicate that his focus was mainly on the next game when the Reds face West Ham United on Saturday lunchtime. 

"We wanted at least 30 points and we've got them. We go home, celebrate New Year's Eve with the family, then go to West Ham and try to win again."

Adam Lallana got a crucial touch that led to Benteke's winner, and has said that Liverpool need to get 'dirtier' if they are to pick up more points this season - while some will say last night's performance was an example of the side winning ugly. 

He's also quoted by the Liverpool Echo, saying: “I think we were more resolute.

“The manager has tried to drum it into us that sometimes we need to be a bit dirtier and fight a bit more – play teams at their own game.

“This is a difficult place to come and to get three points we're delighted.”

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