Maybe it wasn’t a rainy, but it was a night in Stoke and Liverpool did do it. Jürgen Klopp and Liverpool came into the bet365 Stadium knowing they would face a fight against a suddenly tall again Potters side. Despite trotting out heavily rotated side that saw the likes of Dominic Solanke and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain get rare starts, the German manager recognized the threat Mark Hughes’ squad represented:
"That is a proper away game, it is a difficult place." the Liverpool boss admitted.
However, the man of the moment in the Premier League, Mohamed Salah made things a little easier for the Reds side. The Egyptian had been rested for this match with the hectic winter schedule coming up, but still managed to come on with a mere 23 minutes remaining somehow fire off a brace making it an astounding 12 goals now in the league.
"‘Thank you’ is all I said to Mohamed Salah, it is nice to come on in a situation like this", Klopp beamed.
"We [had] a lot of work to do, with Peter Crouch on the pitch it make it difficult and they are good on the ground but we [had] to keep fighting for the second ball.
"It was very deserved and we are very happy," he added.
With Tottenham on a sudden barren run, including losses to Arsenal and Leicester City, Liverpool now see themselves fifth in the table at the start of the festive period and a full seven matches unbeaten since losing to the Londoners at the end of October.