Jones was busy in the first half making rampaging runs down the right flank to support Antonio Valencia, but his defensive duties took precedence towards the end.
“Sunderland had a right good go in the last 25 minutes or so and it was a pretty much a backs to wall job and then trying to hit them on the counter-attack. They scored a goal which was a scruffy one to concede on our behalf, but the main thing is we got the three points. That was all that matters."
The Reds remain six points clear of Manchester City at the top of the league and Jones is looking forward to helping the team maintain that advantage over a busy Christmas spell.
“I'm just happy to be back playing and hopefully I can force my way back into the team," Jones added. "There are a lot of games coming up. The Christmas period is never an easy one, but we've got a great squad and hopefully we can keep everyone fit.”
“We're in a great position in the league now. Hopefully we can stay there and maintain our good form."
- Phil Jones