The Reds fought back from a one-goal deficit to take the victory, with Klopp explaining after the game that “the dirty three points are very often the most important.”
His relief after a tough afternoon was palpable, and though he has little time to celebrate the manager will certainly be buoyed by his side’s seventh win in their last 10 games.
It also marked Klopp’s 100th league game since taking over in the Anfield dugout, and a win in Croydon ensured an impressive record for the German:
Klopp equalled Paisley’s record of 54 wins in his first century in the job, ensuring his place as joint-fourth behind Rafa Benitez (56), Bill Shankly (56) and Kenny Dalglish (61).
This is a remarkable tally for the Reds, as since Benitez’s departure in 2010 they have largely struggled for consistency, particularly under the manager of Saturday’s opposition, Roy Hodgson, who won just seven of his 20 league games in charge.
Last term saw a return to the top four, prompting this season’s Champions League run which could well be followed by the Reds’ first second-placed finish since 2013/14.