Jürgen Klopp was overwhelmed by Mohamed Salah's brilliant attack on Chelsea as he urged Liverpool to finish the Premier League title shot without a mistake.
Salah scored an astounding goal 142 seconds after Sadio Mané scored in Anfield when Liverpool again took a two-point lead over Manchester City and defeated Maurizio Sarri's side. Klopp was thrilled with what he called complete team performance and the build-up of Mané's 13th goal in 16 games, but it was Salah who made it to the finish line after Kepa Arrizabalaga.
"It blew me away," said the Liverpool manager. "I was not thinking of anything at the moment, but I knew that I was really happy because I was in tune with the ball. Maybe I first saw that he would go in but that I also loved the first goal. I was immediately reminded of the 4-3 against Borussia Dortmund. Hendo instead of Milly and Sadio instead of Dejan, but good team play, good cross, good head. The performance was really good, but you need the goals, and we've achieved them. "
Salah has 19 league goals (22 in total), but had scored a barren goal in 10 games before beating his former club. Klopp said about the drought: "The answer in football is always the work rate and the work rate of all three in advance was outstanding. Chelsea is a top team. We treat these games like Champions League games, nothing else, and you can not defend such a team without offensive winger. Everyone uses it. Every top team takes that risk. How the guys worked today was incredible. And for that they got the reward. You can score a light goal from a yard or a shot from 25 yards, a thunderbolt. Outstanding."
Liverpool is only four wins since the first league title since 1990, if City does not play in the remaining five games. Klopp insists that the focus is on completing the season with 97 points and not on what the team of Pep Guardiola produces.
"The biggest challenge for us is always to see the outside world. We play our game. If City loses today and we find out five minutes before the game, someone tells us "City Lost!", Then that's no help. You then lose your focus. We only try to collect as many points as possible. What is now, 85? Four games to play: 97. Let's try. And if that's enough, then perfect. If not, we can not change it. And we lost it here or there or whatever.
"Very clever people will come and say," Yes, if you had won against Leicester, you would be champions. "It's all nonsense, people and idiots bring that up, and by the way, we can finally close the slipping book at this point, Robbo slipped and nothing happened, so it's not a Liverpool thing.
Sarri lamented Chelsea's slow start to the second half, which had cost her the prize, which admittedly was the plan to keep the game goalless until the end. The Chelsea coach, who has lost five of his last seven away games away, said: "We were defensively defensive at the start of the second half, but defended a little at the beginning of the first half. At this moment it is not easy to play against Liverpool.
"If we could survive the first 10 minutes with the same result, we would have found many fields in the last 20-25 minutes because they had to win. The goal was 0: 0 in the last 20-25 minutes. "