Stewart Downing has indicated that Liverpoolâ€™s start to the season has been ok but admits it is a great feeling to be in touch with the top teams.
"It is easy to slip away from the pack when you lose a couple and we didn't want to do that," said the former Aston Villa winger.
"I think the two victories keep us in with that [pack] going into the international break.
"The derby win was a big three points for us. Winning meant a lot to the fans but the main thing for us was getting the three points.
"We needed it to stay in the pack.
"We're going into the break in good form and we have to ensure we keep it going."