Phelan's 54th birthday was one to forget.
"Yeah, I've certainly had better ones but the day is not over yet for me. I will have a drink on my birthday. You have to have one in defeat as well as when you win," he said.
"I am not going to pick holes in the team or the players. They have come a long way from pre-season and they have got points on the board already.
"Liverpool are flying. You can see their mentality is good. Their work-rate is up there with the best.
"They are expressing that desire that they want to achieve something. It is going to be difficult to play against Liverpool in that mood."