Jurgen Klopp was a happy man after Liverpool achieved their first away win in the Premier League this season with victory at Tottenham.
The Reds are now seven points behind Antonio Conte’s side after picking up their fifth league win of 2022-23.
It has been a good week for Liverpool, who also beat Napoli in the Champions League to conclude their group stage campaign.
Mohamed Salah continued his rich vein of form with a first-half double before Harry Kane made it 2-1 in the second 45.
Klopp says he felt “relief” to finally get a win on the road.
“We played an extremely good first half and in the second we put in a shift and did really well,” Klopp said.
“We just kept fighting, it was a big passion. In the first half we were the better side and scored two wonderful goals. It’s a long time ago since we won away in the Premier League so it was relief at the end.
“You need to learn winning again and that’s how it starts, with massive resistance. It was clear they would come back but we came through it and it’s all good.”
Klopp added: “The win meant a lot today. I just let out a deep sigh. Massive game for us. Really really good first half and then a difficult second half. Tottenham takes all the risks when they are losing in the second half.
“It’s a super intensive season. Because it’s a while that we won an away game, we can’t just think that everything will be fine. We know we have to fight. It’s big for us. Two wins in a row, yes in different competitions.
“Southampton is our next league game and that is massive for us. We were really good so yes, let’s carry on.
“I don’t think we have a massive problem away from home. Yes Anfield is a huge plus for us. We won away games just in the Champions League. I’m really happy that we could tick the box of winning an away game in the Premier League.”
Salah’s brace leaves him three goals off Kenny Dalglish in Liverpool’s top goal scorers of all-time list.
“Kenny Dalglish, Robbie Fowler, they probably had times where they didn’t score,” Klopp said.
“Mo will not stop, he is in the top eight scorers for Liverpool and he will not stop. When you look at Mo’s stats, goals and assists, it’s insane.
“For us he is always important and he proved that today with two massive goals.”
Salah spoke to Sky Sports after the win, admitting that his side were “lucky” in the opening 45 minutes against a “tough opponent”.
“I think we were lucky in the first half, we played quite good and managed to score two goals,” Salah said.
“In the second half we could’ve scored but were unlucky.
“We did well to get the three points. It is always a tough opponent. I’m focused on making a difference and managed to do so today.
“We managed to strike back a few times in the season, have played some good games.”
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