Liverpool's fluid, goal-laden performances may have set up a title challenge but striker Daniel Sturridge admits ultimately results will be the only thing which gets them over the line.
The 2-1 win over Sunderland, the Reds' seventh in succession, was not without its anxious moments but having come through that scare they have leaders Chelsea, just one point ahead, firmly in their sights.
Brendan Rodgers' side are the top flight's leading scorers with 84 goals but Sturridge accepts they may require more displays like that against the struggling Black Cats if they are stand a chance of ending a 24-year wait for the title.
"There are seven games to go and each one will be difficult and different in its own way," said the England international.
"For me I don't get too excited, I just take each game as it comes as it is different opposition, different styles of play, and we have to change the way we play against each team to try to get the result by whichever means necessary.
"It wasn't easy. It never is when a team defends so deep and puts so many bodies behind the ball.
"But in the first half we were patient and we worked hard to break them down and in the end we got the result we needed.
"Our back four defended well and we just try our best to do a job in front of them and they focus on doing their job.
"You have to grind results out sometimes. You have to do the dirty things to get the result you want, it is not always going to be easy."
1990 v 2014: Player-for-player - which Liverpool team is better?
1990 v 2014: Player-for-player - which Liverpool team is better?
1/11 Bruce Grobbelaar vs Simon Mignolet
Mignolet joined Liverpool from Sunderland at the start of the 2013/14 season and has so far been a success, recording nine clean sheets in his 31 league games. Grobbelaar however is considered one of Liverpool's legendary goalkeepers, famed for both his ability, his unpredictability and his wobbly knees. He played for Liverpool between 1980 and 1994, making 628 league appearances for the club. Over 14 years, Grobbelaar won six League championships, three FA Cups, three League Cups and the 1983-84 European Cup.
2/11 Steve Nicol vs Jon Flanagan
Aged only 21, Jon Flanagan represents one of Liverpool's rising talents. A member of the team's development squad frrm 2004-11, Flanagan has broken into the starting line-up this season and has performed well on most occasions. Steve Nicol was one of the team's unsung heroes, able to operate in both defence and midfield. He made 343 appearances for the club, scoring 37 goals before moving to the United States where he became one of the MLS's top managers, coaching the New England Revolution for nine years. After Liverpool's 3-0 victory over Manchester United this month, Brendan Rogers compared Flanagan to Nicol in the way they were both able to play on the left despite being right footed.
3/11 Alan Hansen vs Glen Johnson
Glen Johnson has been with Liverpool since 2009 and won 50 caps with England. A regular starter, he remains one of Brendan Rogers' go-to players. Alan Hansen played for Liverpool across three decades, from 1978 to 1991. Hansen was famed as a centre-half who could actually pass the ball, no mean feat at the time. He is renowned as one of Liverpool's great captains, winning eight titles and three European Cups in a career which would have been even more illustrious had it not been for a series of injuries.
4/11 John Barnes vs Steven Gerrard
Both players are Anfield legends. In 16 years with the club, Steven Gerrard has made 660 appearances in all competitions, winning the European Cup, FA and League Cup. John Barnes was one of the most effective wingers of his time, scoring 84 league goals in more than 300 appearances for Liverpool. Although he never won the European Cup, Barnes lifted the League title twice with Liverpool and played for England 79 times. Gerrard has 109 caps for his country.
5/11 Glenn Hysen vs Martin Skrtel
Martin Skrtel has played as centre back for Liverpool 239 times and established himself as one of the club's most reliable players over the last four years. He won Liverpool player of the year in 2012, when they won the League Cup. Glenn Hysen was at Liverpool for a relatively short period of time, appearing for the club between 1989 and 1992. The partnership of both Hysen and Hansen proved formidable during their title-winning season.
6/11 Steve Staunton vs Daniel Agger
Daniel Agger has made over 170 league appearances for Liverpool since joining the club in 2006. Agger replaced Jamie Carragher this season as Liverpool's vice-captain and has reiterated his intention to stay at the club despite possible interest from Barcelona. Steve Staunton was bought by Liverpool for £20,000 back in 1986. A versatile player who could operate in defence or midfield, he went on to appear 109 times for the club in two spells, winning both the FA Cup and league title.
7/11 Ray Houghton vs Jordan Henderson
Jordan Henderson has scored 12 times in 128 appearances for Liverpool. Since joining from Sunderland in 2011, he has found himself regularly in the starting line-up and has played a major part in the club's push for the title this season. A superb athlete, he is making a push for a place in England's squad for this year's World Cup. Ray Houghton played for eight teams during his career, including Liverpool between 1987 and 1992. His work rate was astonishing, often creating the space for more naturally gifted players like Ronnie Whelan to prosper. Houghton won two league titles and two FA cup medals.
8/11 Steve McMahon vs Raheem Sterling
Raheem Sterling is another one of Liverpool's rising young stars. At just 19, Sterling has already appeared over 50 times for the club and has become a regular starter. One of his best performances was against Arsenal in February when he scored twice in the five-goal demolition of the Gunners. He also committed his future to Liverpool, extending his current contract in late December 2012. He has a long way to go to match McMahon, who amassed nine trophies along with 29 goals in over 200 appearances. Liverpool fans voted McMahon, who also played for Everton, number 52 in the best 100 Liverpool players of all time.
9/11 Ronnie Whelan vs Joe Allen
When he joined Liverpool in 2012 the 22-year-old Allen had already made over 100 appearances for Swansea City. Allen has endured long spells out the team but has started every game this month. Whelan won an astonishing 19 trophies with the club in a 15-year career that spanned the glory years. He was pivotal in midfield with both Liverpool and the Republic of Ireland.
10/11 Peter Beardsley vs Daniel Sturridge
Daniel Sturridge is fast becoming one of Liverpool's great signings since leaving Chelsea last year. In his 43 games, Sturridge has scored 34 times. This season, in which he has won player of the month twice, has been the best of his professional career and his partnership with Luis Suarez has yielded an astonishing 48 goals. Beardsley was one of the most unselfish and intelligent players of his time, also forming a lethal Liverpool strike force with John Aldridge. He scored 59 times in 175 appearances for Liverpool, one of the 13 clubs he played for over 20 years.
11/11 Ian Rush vs Luis Suarez
Luis Suarez looks a shoo-in for player of the year this season, scoring an incredible 28 Premier League goals this term already. Although Rush's strike rate never matched that, he still managed 346 in 660 games during his two spells with the club. The Welshman, who made his Liverpool debut in 1980, is rightly remembered as Liverpool's greatest ever striker, famed for his electric pace and dead-eye finishing which helped the club scale incredible heights during his 16 years at Anfield. During that time, he won five league titles.
Captain Steven Gerrard's free-kick was followed by Sturridge's 20th league goal of the season; the first time in 50 years two Liverpool players (Luis Suarez has 28) have reached that tally.
It was Sturridge's 30th league goal for the club in 37 games, which is quicker than any other Reds player since George Allan in 1896, and he has 34 in 43 matches in all competitions since joining from Chelsea for £12million in January 2013.
However, the 24-year-old is not interested in personal milestones.
"The success of the team is more important to me. It's not about myself," he added.
"We're all trying our best to do our jobs for the team.
"It was great to get the three points - that's the most important thing at this stage of the season."
Liverpool effectively have to win their remaining seven matches to stand a chance of lifting their first Premier League title, especially with Manchester City two points behind with two matches in hand.
Tottenham, demolished 5-0 at White Hart Lane in December, are the visitors on Sunday and Sturridge knows they cannot afford any slip-ups.
"We just need to continue working hard as a team and keep getting the job done," he said.
"It's important to take each game as it comes and not get too excited at the same time and try to get results in every game we can.
"We can't worry about the opposition. We just need to worry about how we play our football and do as well as we can."
Sunderland remain three points from safety, having taken just one point since victory in the Tyne-Wear derby on February 1, and Monday's visit of West Ham takes on huge significance.
"We need to take what we have done here into the next game; that's what's most important," said manager Gus Poyet.
"We can't just keep playing like this every now and again and then not perform at home.
"A result against West Ham now would be perfect for me because we have shown the type of attitude to go out and score goals and try to win the game and I want to see this again.
"I've learned an awful lot. I know I keep saying this but I've only been at the club and with the players for a few months and every game is different."
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