‘We can finally close the slipping book’: Jurgen Klopp claims Liverpool exorcised title demons with pivotal win over Chelsea
- Jurgen Klopp believes victory over Chelsea ends ridicule of failure five years ago
- Andy Robertson slipped in the second half sparking memories of Steven Gerrard
- But it came to nothing and Klopp saw the incident as cathartic for the club
- He is targeting maximum points but knows that still might not be enough
Jurgen Klopp claimed Liverpool exorcised their title demons on Sunday as the race with Manchester City heads for the wire.
Mohamed Salah scored a rocket after Sadio Mane opened the scoring against Chelsea before their manager urged his team to relish four more hurdles ahead.
Klopp is demanding focus as he attempts to deliver a first league title since 1990. He believes Sunday’s victory should serve to end ridicule of the infamous defeat by Chelsea at Anfield five years ago.
Jurgen Klopp believes Liverpool have exorcised their title demons with win over Chelsea
The Reds lost in the same fixture five years ago in a result that ultimately cost them the title
Andy Robertson slipped in the second half but in a moment of catharsis it came to nothing
‘We can finally close the slipping book,’ Klopp said. ‘Robbo (Andy Robertson) slipped (in the second half) and nothing happened, so it has finished.
‘The atmosphere was outstanding. You could feel it, the fans were all on their toes. Four games to play, let’s try to make 97 points and if that’s enough then perfect. If not then we cannot change it.
‘Smart people would come out and say if we’d won against Leicester we’d be champions – it’s all b*******. The biggest challenge is always facing the world outside.
‘If City had lost and we heard five minutes before the game, that’s not a help. You lose your focus at that moment.
‘We have Porto and then Cardiff next weekend. They are fighting to stay up and it’s a tough place to go. We just need to play our game.’
Klopp revealed he was blown away by Salah’s stunner after the Egypt international came off the right and thundered beyond Kepa Arrizabalaga.
Mohamed Salah scored a sensational second goal for Liverpool from outside the penalty area
Salah cut inside from the right flank onto his left foot and fired the ball into the top corner
The German lauded the energy of his front three and how Liverpool’s midfield dealt with Jorginho, although there are concerns for Jordan Henderson, who picked an ankle knock.
‘Again today the workrate was outstanding from all three up front,’ he added. ‘You cannot defend at this level without the offensive plyers. How the boys are working is unbelievable. You get your rewards from that.
‘Sarriball is not a coincidence, it’s very difficult to play against. We gave the boys a lot of responsibility and they were sensational. It really dangerous to deal with and that was some of the best. Defending against Sarriball it is not easy.’
Manager Maurizio Sarri bemoaned his side’s poor finishing but says Chelsea are improving
Maurizio Sarri, who again saw his team capitulate at a crucial juncture in an away fixture, bemoaned poor finishing and bad luck. Chelsea have not taken a single away point against their top-six rivals this season.
‘Liverpool are one of the best teams in Europe at the moment,’ Sarri said. ‘We had three big opportunities – two with (Eden) Hazard, one (Gonzalo) Higuain -and we’ve hit the post for the 35th time this season.
‘We stayed in the match so I’m happy. Probably two or three months ago we weren’t able to stay in this match. We are improving.’
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