Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp has admitted that Mohamed Salah’s superb goal against Chelsea “blew me away” and has urged the Reds to put together a perfect end to the Premier League title race.
Salah’s long-range goal against the Blues was the highlight of a 2-0 win at Anfield which sent Liverpool back to the top of the table, having been overtaken earlier on Sunday when Manchester City won away to Crystal Palace. Sadio Mane opened the scoring for the Reds.
Klopp was thrilled by what he described as a complete team performance and the build-up to Mane’s 13th goal in 16 games but it was Salah’s emphatic finish past Kepa Arrizabalaga that left him momentarily speechless.
“It blew me away,” the Liverpool manager said. “I didn’t think anything in that moment but I know I was really happy because I was in line with the ball and maybe I saw first that it would go in.
“It was a really outstanding finish and I don’t want to minimise that but I loved the first goal, too. I was immediately reminded of the 4-3 against Borussia Dortmund.
“Hendo [Jordan Henderson] instead of Milly [James Milner] and Sadio instead of Dejan [Lovren], but good team play, good cross, good header. The performance was really good but you need the goals, and we got them.”
Liverpool are only four wins from their first league title since 1990 should City slip up in any of their remaining five matches.
“The biggest challenge for us is always facing the world outside,” added Klopp.
“We play our game. If City lose today, and we find out five minutes before the game, somebody tells us “City lost!” then that is not a help. You lose your focus then.
“We only try to collect as many points as possible. What is it now, 85? Four games to play: 97. Let’s try.
“And if that’s enough, then perfect. If not, we cannot change it. And we didn’t lose it here or there or whatever.
“Very smart people will come out and say: ‘Yeah, if you would have won against Leicester you would be champions.’ It’s all bulls***. People and idiots bring something like this up.”