Rafa Benitez insisted Liverpool's 2-0 win at Bolton Wanderers vindicated his decision to make the Premier League his club's top priority this season.
The Reds went three points clear at the top, ahead of Chelsea's match at West Bromwich Albion later today, thanks to goals from Dirk Kuyt and Steven Gerrard.
Benitez had rested his entire first-team for the midweek League Cup defeat at Tottenham Hotspur, and this helped them in Round 13 of the Premier League as they survived a second-half barrage from Bolton to claim their tenth win in 13 games this season.
" so we cannot stay thinking about the League Cup. If we win the league we'll be very happy," Benitez said.
"We had two or three chances in the first half, so as you know it's always important to get the second goal. We're a little disappointed (not to have scored more) but the second goal was crucial and it could have been three or four at the end."
While Kuyt and Gerrard got the goals, it was Xabi Alonso who pulled the strings for Liverpool with a typically intelligent display in midfield. Afterwards, the Spanish midfielder said there is no chance of Liverpool getting carried away by their impressive start to the season.
"It is important (to be top) but we know that we have carry on like this to have a chance at end of the season," he said. "We are not arrogant, we respect all the opponents but we are confident. We are scoring goals and trying to improve in defence."
"We knew that after being 1-0 up they would push on, but the second goal killed them. We could have won by three or four but the most important thing was to get the three points. We have to carry on this type of performance away."