Jurgen Klopp has admitted his side's 4-1 victory over Manchester City "feels perfect", and believes that his side wanted the victory more than their opponents.
Liverpool travelled to the Etihad Stadium on Saturday and went ahead in just the seventh minute after Eliaquim Mangala's early own goal. Efforts from Philippe Coutinho and Roberto Firmino put Liverpool 3-0 up before Sergio Aguero pulled one back for the hosts.
There would be no great comeback though as Martin Skrtel's thunderous effort in the 81st minute secured the three points for the Reds.
Speaking after the match, Klopp could not hide his delight and asserted that his side's "big passion" was the key difference.
"It feels perfect. The game was not perfect but it was very good," said the German.
"City couldn't start like they want but that is important for us. We played with big passion and that's the most important thing for us..
He added later: "You can't win a game against a team like Man City without passion. We tried to close the spaces where they want to play and we pressed high. The crowd was a bit nervous when they couldn't build up their game like they want. That's the first step in a game and we did it."
The former BVB Dortmund boss added that this was only start of a continued upward trend for his side.
"The good news is that we can do better. At half-time I told the boys they were surprised to be winning 3-0, and we must do better in that situation," he added.
"We have quality, we could have more goals but 4-1 is perfect. The boys can believe now that they are stronger than many people think."
The victory move Liverpool into ninth place in the Premier League standings, but they are still six points off a Champions League berth. Next on the agenda for the Reds is a Europa League clash with Bordeaux on Thursday.