Cape Town - Manager Jurgen Klopp hailed the character of his Liverpool players as they proved the doubters wrong with a 3-0 win over Bournemouth.
Goals from Sadio Mane, Georginio Wijnaldum and Mohamed Salah sent Liverpool back to the top of the table for 24 hours at least as they responded to back-to-back draws against Leicester and West Ham which had led many to question whether they could hold off Manchester City in the title race.
Klopp said he had not needed to listen to any of the outside criticism which came Liverpool's way over the last few days to know a reaction was needed, but a reaction was what he got.
The German mentor said: "We are very self-critical. It was clear we were not happy with the two performances.
"There are reasons but we cannot speak too much about that in public because it always sounds like excuses.
"But in analysing it we have to speak about the right things.
"You can win or draw for different reasons but you don't want to just come through a game somehow. We want to play convincing football, we want to perform and that was the reaction we wanted to show."