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Big lead: Jurgen Klopp’s side are 22 points clear at the top

Big lead: Jurgen Klopp’s side are 22 points clear at the top

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Big lead: Jurgen Klopp’s side are 22 points clear at the top

Manager Jurgen Klopp insists Liverpool's incredible numbers mean nothing to him or his team as they remain focused on ticking off the individual victories which will bring a long-awaited title back to Anfield.

An impressive second half saw his side beat Southampton 4-0 to make it 100 points from the last 102 available and 20 successive home league wins with an unbeaten Premier League run extending to 395 days.

They set another top-flight record by pulling 22 points ahead of second-placed Manchester City, the biggest gap in history.

But facts and figures, records and history do not matter to Klopp.

For him it is only about the next match - which in the league is against Norwich on February 15 as they now go into their maiden mid-season break.

"We don't look at that number, that's true," he said.

"The game we lost (prior to the unbeaten period) was at Manchester City," said the Reds boss, referring to their only Premier League defeat since May 2018.

"We could say we lost it because of 11 millimetres (how far goalline technology ruled Sadio Mane's shot was from wholly crossing the line) or whatever.

"It was a really tight game, so imagine if we would have drawn that day and then I don't know what the number would be then of how many games we didn't lose or whatever.

"I promise you I don't lie: we don't feel it. We just don't feel it. It doesn't feel a second like it's really special, it just feels the hardest work.

"That's why I am so happy the boys can go now for a week somewhere else, do what they have to do to come back recharged, refreshed. Then we prepare for Norwich and the rest of the season.

"That's the only thing I know and all the rest we have to see. So many things can happen in football."

Liverpool were certainly made to work hard during the opening 45 minutes against Southampton, who probably should have been ahead at the break considering the number of chances they created.

But when none of them went in, it was only a matter of time before Klopp's red machine kicked into gear and, after ex-Liverpool striker Danny Ings was denied a penalty at one end, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, also against his former club, scored immediately at the other.

Jordan Henderson fired home a second to give them breathing space and Mohamed Salah's double in the final 20 minutes put the gloss on a sparkling second-half showing.

Belfast Telegraph