Sadio Mane says staying “angry” helped Liverpool defeat Bournemouth and continue their recent good form.
The Reds avoided a case of ‘after the Lord Mayor’s show’ by following up their progression to the Champions League semi-finals earlier in the week with a 3-0 victory over the Cherries at Anfield .
Any sense Liverpool would be distracted by the looming continental clashes with Roma was banished by Mane’s early goal, with Mohamed Salah then scoring his 40th of the campaign and Roberto Firmino’s late strike ensuring Klopp’s side remain on course for a top-four finish.
Liverpool had beaten Manchester City at the Etihad Stadium only four days earlier, though Jurgen Klopp made just one change to his starting line-up as he looked to maintain his side’s momentum.
“Before the game Klopp said we have to show our quality and be angry because every game is important,” Mane told the club’s website.
“After the City game, you have to concentrate more because you usually know how it can go.
“He tried to motivate us like usually and in the end everybody was in the right place at the right time to win every ball.
“We played well and created many chances, scored three goals and it was well deserved.”
It was Salah who again hogged the headlines as he joined Roger Hunt and Ian Rush as the only players to score 40 times in a single season for Liverpool.
The Egypt international’s 30th Premier League goal of the season, which put him five ahead of nearest challenger Harry Kane in the golden boot race, was not a trademark Salah strike.
Instead the forward reached Trent Alexander-Arnold’s cross from the right and guided a header over Cherries goalkeeper Asmir Begovic.
“The finish from Mo was a bit of an unusual one for him and one that maybe took everyone by surprise,” said Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain.
“It proves he can do that. I think I can remember him scoring one away at Leicester earlier in the season and that surprised me at the back post, seeing the little man get up and score a header.
“[Saturday’s] finish was up there with some of the very best headers of a ball in the world. It was a great finish.
“He could have had a few but he kept going and kept going, and got his goal in the end. I’m sure he’ll keep doing that for the rest of the season.”