'This was the most defensive team I ever saw in my life': Klopp hits out at Sunderland's approach
Normal service was not quite resumed at Anfield but Divock Origi's first Premier League goal since April and a late James Milner penalty saw Liverpool return to winning ways.
Sunderland held Liverpool out for long periods before the home side's dominance eventually translated to the scoreboard midway through the second half.
Not for the first time this season, Liverpool faced a side who set themselves up in an attempt to contain the Reds' potent attack, something that Jurgen Klopp referenced after his side's win.
The Liverpool manager called David Moyes' side 'the most defensive team' he had ever seen.
“There is a lot to analyse," Klopp said to reporters after the game.
"This was the most defensive team I ever saw in my life. Sunderland always play a defensive style and that is OK. We forced them to be that. It is the most difficult thing in world football to come through but we stayed concentrated, worked for the moment and found a way.”
Liverpool are now top of the table on goal difference but a Chelsea win over Spurs this evening will see Antonio Conte's men overtake their rivals.