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Liverpool: Jurgen Klopp talks Chelsea win: What a team, what a stadium, what an atmosphere




Salah plundered a stunning second half strike to seal a 2-0 win and help the Reds bury their Chelsea demons.

Sadio Mane opened the scoring on 50 minutes, before Salah hit one of the goals of the season moments later.

Back in 2014 Steven Gerrard’s slip allowed the Blues to win at Anfield and ruin the Reds’ hopes of being champions.

But there was no such drama here as Klopp’s title-chasers leapfrogged Manchester City, who are two points behind with a game still in hand.

Klopp said: “It was a brilliant goal – world-class. A really, really, good goal from our side. It was a brilliant goal in all departments. It blew me away.

“Today was very, very important because Chelsea are so strong. What we did to win that game was amazing. We have closed the slipping book.

“‘I’m so proud of the team, it was a fantastic performance. What a team, what a stadium, what an atmosphere.

“I’m so thankful I can be a part of this, it’s great. It’s just outstanding, very overwhelming at times.”

“It was a brilliant goal – world-class. A really, really, good goal from our side. It was a brilliant goal in all departments. It blew me away”

Jurgen Klopp

Whoever goes on to be champions, Klopp reckons he has a team to be extremely proud of.

He added: “The first question in the meeting before our game was ‘what is the City score? You cannot avoid knowing about it. But it isn’t interesting to us.

“We expect them to win all their games, so we just need to get as many points as possible and if we’re champions then great, but if not, it is still a really good football team.”

Reds defender Virgil Van Dijk said: “Five years ago didn’t matter this time. They were very disappointed back then, but this was a very different game.” 

The result left the Blues in fourth place but dealt a blow to their hopes of securing Champions League qualification.

But boss Maurizio Sarri refused to be downbeat and he said: “I am happy with the performance, because in my opinion we played a good match against a very good, strong opponent.

“I think now we are going the right way, we are improving, because three months ago we weren’t able to stay in this kind of match – but we played well.”

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