Jurgen Klopp 'proud' as Liverpool beat Swansea to go sixth in Premier League

Jurgen Klopp hailed Liverpool after a "difficult" 1-0 win against Swansea, calling on his squad to continue their winning run to climb the Premier League table.

James Milner scored the only goal of the game on Sunday, netting from the penalty spot after Neil Taylor was adjudged to have handled Jordon Ibe's cross after 62 minutes.

Klopp couldn't bear to watch Milner's spot kick, and was relieved that his side came through tough weather conditions at Anfield to follow up last weekend's 4-1 win at Manchester City with another victory to climb to sixth -- six points off Manuel Pellegrini's league leaders.

"It was really difficult for both teams, the wind was in the stadium more than the stands," Klopp told BBC Sport.

"Swansea defended very well. They had some problems in the last few games but they were more compact today and showed respect for our last few games.

"We made this one goal. It is different [to 4-1 win over Man City] but to get results in a row you have to fight for them. I am proud of the lads. It is a good result in difficult circumstances.

"They did not have that big chances. We defended really well. What Jordon Ibe did in tactical sense with his defending was a big step for him and us."

Match winner Milner said: "It wasn't the prettiest of games. It was important to win. The win last week against City would have been a waste if we had not won.

"It was tough conditions for the match. I don't think it was ever going to be the best game to watch and it was all about getting the points."

Liverpool were further boosted by the return of Jordan Henderson and Daniel Sturridge from injury.

Club captain Henderson came off the bench to feature for the first time since mid-August following an ankle problem, while Sturridge -- dogged by injury complaints over the past year -- returned to boost Klopp's options.

Milner said of the duo: "It was brilliant to see them out there as they are big misses when they are out. There is a long way to go but [this] shows what a few wins can do."