Martin Kelly believes Liverpool fully deserved their win over Everton in the Merseyside derby on Saturday, citing the Reds' patient approach as the key behind the 2-0 victory at Goodison Park.
After the first-half dismissal of Jack Rodwell, Kenny Dalglish's side had to bide their time before Andy Carroll broke the deadlock in the 71st minute, prior to Luis Suarez confirming the three points.
And the 21-year-old defender is hopeful that Liverpool will be able to pick up where they left off when Manchester United come to Anfield after the international break.
"It's two massive fixtures for us with the derby and then the Man United game," said Kelly. "As a team we were all made up with the win and now after the internationals we'll get back together next week and prepare to face United.
"It was brilliant to play in my first derby at their place. It was intimidating at the start with the crowd against us but we stuck together. We kept to our game plan which was to get the ball down and play.
"At half-time Kenny told us not to rush and that if we were patient the chances would come. The last thing we wanted to do was lose because we were all up attacking and leave ourselves open to being caught on the counter attack.
"We were patient and in the end the goals came. We deserved the points."
Kelly was also pleased to have kept a clean sheet, which he says is testament to the hard work the players have put in on the Melwood training ground.
"We've been working hard in training as a defensive unit," he revealed. "We've been trying to get the right balance between attacking and defending so that when we lose the ball we're not too open.
"We did that well against Everton. We're all made up with the clean sheet and now we want to keep more of them."