Jurgen Klopp said he is not concerned about his players' nerves after Liverpool earned a narrow 2-1 victory over Fulham at Craven Cottage.
Sadio Mane gave the visitors a first half lead but ex-Liverpool forward Ryan Babel took advantage of a mix-up between Virgil van Dijk and Alisson to equalise for Fulham before James Milner's 80th-minute penalty earned Klopp's men all three points.
The victory took Liverpool back to the top of the Premier League, with Manchester City two points behind in second, having played a game less.
"We started really well, and did a lot of good things but lost the rhythm a bit," Klopp told Sky Sports. "I am not the most experienced manager and I have similar problems after Champions League games.
"First half a bit rusty. Second half we could have finished it off and then it is clear at 1-0 if you don't kill it off that can happen. Babel was there that is how football is.
"They deserved a goal but we deserved three points. A brilliant afternoon I have to say.
"I am not in any doubt about my players' nerves. It is about intensity. We go for perfection but it is rare that you get it. Burnley, [Bayern] Munich, Fulham -- you have to adapt. People will say we need to be more convincing, but we are at the start of a development, not the end."