Jurgen Klopp said he never doubted Liverpool's unity after a 2-0 win at Sheffield United ended a four-game Premier League losing streak and Curtis Jones dedicated his goal to bereaved team-mate Alisson Becker.

Alisson missed the game following the death of his father Jose in Brazil, and young midfielder Jones dedicated his opener to the goalkeeper and his dad during an emotional post-match interview.

Asked whether Jones' words summed up his squad's unity, Liverpool manager Klopp said: "I was never in doubt about the togetherness of this team.

"The world is like this. We win a game and we show togetherness, everybody speaks.

"We don't win a game and (people say) we are not together. It's not as easy as that.

"It was another special week, it's a very nice touch from Curtis, of course, but it is clear we try our everything not only for Ali."

Liverpool had lost successive games to Brighton, Manchester City, Leicester and Everton to drop out of the Champions League places.

But the victory, which was confirmed by Kean Bryan's own goal - Liverpool's 7,000th goal in their top-flight history - moved them to within two points of fourth-placed West Ham.

Roberto Firmino's goal eventually went down as an OG

"It's very big," said Klopp, who revealed Diogo Jota had missed out after being taken ill overnight at the team hotel.

"We needed the points obviously to get in kind of contact with the teams above us, so it was very important.

"The two goals were from scrappy situations and the whole Sheffield team thought the ball was out (of play) for the first one.

"But I think the first goal shows the difference especially from the other games, because we missed chances after playing some super football.

"We know there are times when we score in these situations, but we stayed on track to get the first goal."