Jürgen Klopp's unwavering belief in his squad played a big part in Liverpool getting back on track against Tottenham Hotspur, according to Georginio Wijnaldum.

The Reds brought an end to a disheartening run of form as they produced an electrifying performance to win 2-0 against Mauricio Pochettino's men at Anfield on Saturday.

And Wijnaldum says a first Premier League victory since December would not have been possible without the manager showing faith in his players during a spell which saw them harshly criticised.

"I think if a manager is saying the same thing [that players aren't good enough] in the situation we were in, that’s [bad] for a team," he said.

"That would kill the confidence of the players then, and that’s not a good thing. When you’re a team, you have to believe in each other - you’re a kind of family. 

"And if [someone] is saying you’re not good enough, and the kind of things that the media have said, that’s a bad thing. 

"He believes in us - and I don’t think he says this because he wants to keep the confidence up, I think he truly believes in us. This has given us a good feeling because he trusts us."

Liverpool ended a five-game winless streak in the English top-flight as they put Spurs to the sword at the weekend to move within a point of their second-placed opponents.

Wijnaldum believes he and his teammates were, at times, their own worst enemy during that bad run.

"I think in some situations, we put too much pressure on ourselves - that’s why it went on so long," he added.

"If you have a few poor games in a row, you’re going to put pressure on yourself like, ‘we have to win this one or otherwise this, otherwise that’ and I think we were too busy thinking about the consequences than concentrating on the game. 

"This week, we were only concentrating on Tottenham - how are we going to play against them, where we can hurt them and things like that. 

"The focus was different than a few weeks before. That’s only my opinion, I don’t know what the other players think."