The Reds continued their winning ways with a scintillating victory over the Blues at Anfield, a result which moves Jurgen Klopp’s side back to the top of the Premier League table with four games remaining.
While Liverpool had initially struggled to find their range in front of goal in the first half, there was no such concern early in the second as two goals in three minutes put the result beyond doubt.
The goals arrived courtesy of a Sadio Mane header, his 21st of the season, and a thunderbolt of a strike from Mohamed Salah, both of which caused Anfield to erupt as they paved the way for the 26th win of the campaign.
“It was a brilliant day overall, two great goals, a clean sheet and a top performance really—so overall we are delighted.
“But we can’t think about [the result] too much because we’ve got a game in a few days so we’ve got to recover well and concentrate on that.
“I can remember, I think, someone was tackled and I was thinking of counter-pressing in the box to win it back quickly and managed to get there first.
“And then when I was at the byline I managed to dink it to the back stick where Sadio was waiting, thankfully.
“That was an important goal, but then the second one was an amazing strike by Mo so I’m delighted for him as well.
“[Salah’s] obviously got that in his locker, but to be fair when he’s come inside and it sat up nicely I thought he was going to hit it.
“It was a top strike that put us at 2-0 and that gave us the control we needed really, and we could’ve gone on to score one or two more.”
“We showed that we’re a really good side and we’ll be patient.
“I think maybe that was the difference today as maybe a few weeks ago we would have got a bit frustrated and moved a bit too forward in the first half and left ourselves vulnerable.
“But we took our time and we closed them out and never gave them too many chances, and in the second half we came out all guns blazing and finished them off.
“[Salah’s goal was] unbelievable! It changed direction a few times and it seemed like it went in slow motion.
“It’s good to see him back amongst the goals and overcoming that so-called ‘goal drought’ that everyone said he’s in, but he showed again why he’s a world-class player.
“I think people are maybe expecting a little bit too much from him this season, it’s a little bit unfair with the standards he’s probably set himself from last season.
“But he’s in and amongst the leading assists and goals so he’s showing week in and week out that’s he’s a world-class player and game-winner for us.”
Taking to Instagram after the game, Henderson and Dejan Lovren both looked to shine the spotlight on the “yoga man” after an inspired performance helped the Reds seal all three points:
However, focus will now temporarily shift to the Champions League as a trip to Porto awaits on Wednesday, where Liverpool hold a two-goal advantage in the quarter-final tie.