Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers had plenty of good things to say about his team’s 2-0 win over Southampton at Saint Marys yesterday calling it “a great team performance”.

Liverpool kept a clean sheet against the Saints making it five away games in a row that they had not conceded a goal to move up to sixth in the table, giving teams around them notice that they aim for a top-four finish and Champions League football next season.

“We defended absolutely magnificently,” he told Sky Sports. “Our passing could have been better, but the conditions were very difficult and to come here and get a clean sheet was a great effort.

Team captain Jordan Henderson said the team knew they had to be at their best to beat Ronald Koeman’s Southampton and their 2-0 victory was a huge win.

“I thought we were really organised as a team and controlled the game as it went on. It was an outstanding win for us. It is difficult to come here and get a result at any time of the season, but on the back of a European game it is a brilliant win by the players.”

“It was something (defending) we knew we had to improve,” Rodgers added. “At the beginning of the season we could not quite get the offensive and defensive balance right in the team. But now there is.

“And there is great confidence in the team. We know our game can still be better, but today’s result was important. So overall it was a great team performance.”