Jurgen Klopp listed the importance of Roberto Firmino and Mohamed Salah to Liverpool and praised their workrate in the 2-0 victory at Southampton on Sunday.
“Our boys are important for us,” Klopp told his postmatch news conference. “What I love is of course their skills and attitude, but the workrate is outstanding.
“Both get the profit from the style of play, that’s for sure as well. We play in the areas where they like to have the ball.
“In this strong league you cannot be third without fantastic players and yes, they are two of them.”
“We didn’t know before the game that United would lose, but we know that we are not too far away. But it’s not a battle between them and us, we play against them one more time in this season at least.
“For us, 54 points, that’s important. What the other teams have we have no influence on, so we need to win. We now have the Champions League, then we have West Ham at home, which is difficult.
“That’s all exciting, all intense, we need all the points and for today I am really happy that we could take these three.”