‘I cannot believe it happened’: Jurgen Klopp hails his history-makers as Liverpool beat West Ham to equal all-time top flight run of 18 straight wins
- Liverpool twice came from behind to defeat West Ham and remain unbeaten
- Team also drew level with all-time record of 18 consecutive top flight wins
- Jurgen Klopp’s men need 12 points from 11 games to seal Premier League title
Jurgen Klopp hailed Liverpool’s history making side as their latest win took them into the record books – and put one hand on the Premier League.
A dramatic second half comeback enabled Liverpool to turn a 2-1 deficit against West Ham into a 3-2 victory.
They now need 12 points from 11 games to become champions, having won 26 of their 27 Premier League fixtures.
Jurgen Klopp was delighted as Liverpool beat West Ham for 18th straight Premier League win
The triumph ensured they equalled Manchester City’s all-time record of 18 consecutive top flight wins (from 2017-18) and it also meant Liverpool matched their own all-time record of 21 straight victories at home, set between January and December 1972.
If Liverpool continue at this pace, they will win the title against Crystal Palace on March 20 but Klopp believes his players will have to raise their levels even further as the season has reached its defining moment.
‘I never thought it would be broken or equalled,’ said Klopp, who saw Mohamed Salah and Sadio Mane saved the day.
‘We did it and I cannot believe it happened to be honest. Whatever will happen this season is an effort of all of us.
‘But you are right it is very special. We all know that these numbers are very special. but we are in the situation, and we want to react. We said at the start of our time here that we wanted to create history and write our own stories and the players have clearly taken that seriously.
‘The numbers, of course, are unbelievable, we know that it is special. But we have to be ready to fight to the end as everybody is fighting for everything right now. Now we prepare for the next one at Watford on Saturday and we have to be 100 per cent for the next one.’
Despite going 2-1 down, Sadio Mane was on hand to tap home the winning goal late on
David Moyes, West Ham’s manager, was frustrated that individual errors cost his team – he felt all three Liverpool goals could have been avoided – but he has demanded the effort and intensity they put into this contest is now matched in the season-shaping fixtures.
‘I felt we had grown into the game and started to earn the right to play,’ said Moyes. ‘We thought there were points there for us. There is a lot I want to improve. I thought in the main we did well. But this wasn’t a big game for us. Neither was Man City. These were warm-ups.
‘The big games start now, against Southampton on Saturday. The players have been told that in the dressing room. We have to do something in these upcoming games.’
David Moyes praised display from his West Ham side but insisted there was more to come
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