Jurgen Klopp broke character in the aftermath of Liverpool’s 3-2 defeat of West Ham to laud his side’s remarkable and record-breaking season.
And it is understandable why he finally agreed to publicly rave about his side.
It was a record-equalling night for Liverpool as a 21st successive league victory at Anfield matched the Reds’ own top-flight record, set between January and December 1972, while an 18th consecutive win drew them level with Manchester City’s Premier League landmark set in 2017.
They have already claimed as many points (79) as Manchester United’s treble winners of 1998/99 managed in that whole season, and also won as many matches (26) as Arsenal’s 2003/04 Invincibles.
“It’s so special, the numbers are incredible, so difficult,” said Klopp after the match. “We said it a couple of times, we spoke about wonderful games, brilliant games, we spoke about hard games, difficult games.
“You can only have the number of wins you have if you win all of these games: the difficult ones, the easy ones – if there ever was one – the brilliant ones and the rougher, more grumpy ones.
“In the end, that’s what counts. We all know it’s very special, but in the moment we are really just in the situation and want to recover and prepare for the next one.”
Another record was equalled on the night as Trent Alexander-Arnold matched last season’s Premier League landmark of 12 assists from a defender having supplied the crosses for Georginio Wijnaldum’s opener and Sadio Mane’s winner, sandwiching West Ham goals from Issa Diop and Pablo Fornals and Mohamed Salah’s equaliser courtesy of an error from goalkeeper Lukasz Fabianski.
“I think we passed the moment where we treat him like a young boy, he is just a proper member of the squad,” added Klopp on the superb 21-year-old.
“Everybody has to contribute, everybody has to bring on the pitch what he is able to do – and the boys do a lot to bring him or [Andy Robertson] in the position and save them there.
“I don’t want to make the performance more than it is, I am completely happy with it but that’s how football works on the highest level.”