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Klopp let his players work out how to take top spot; LIVERPOOL MARCH ON AS UNITED FALL; ALL POWER TO PLAYERS SAYS KLOPP.

Byline: JOHN CROSS

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JURGEN KLOPP praised player power after a "massive" win in the title race.

Klopp revealed his Liverpool stars sorted out a set-piece routine among themselves at half-time after their efforts before the break had foundered.

Kop ace Georginio Wijnaldum blasted home the crucial opener from Trent Alexander-Arnold's corner to break the deadlock.

Subsitute James Milner sealed the win from the penalty spot as the Reds went back to the Top Of The Premier League table.

Liverpool boss Klopp said: "It's a really massive win because the game was so difficult. We used a set-piece in a fantastic way. The boys were so smart, they used the experience from a corner in the first half for a corner in the second half.

"It's not from the training ground; it's from the dressing room at half-time. I love that. "They decided to play that ball, Gini made the run and he was free in that moment. But then you still have to hit that ball like he did. A brilliant goal, I loved it.

"Sometimes you have to try something different on the pitch, but you can't have too many players involved. You need a proper timeout and the players got together to work it out."

Klopp, who claimed the unwatered pitch was dangerous, praised his side for coming through a difficult test. They now need just one more win to beat the points tally reached by Kenny Dalglish's title-winning Liverpool side in 1988 (90 points from 40 games).

Klopp, who hopes the win will put pressure on title rivals Manchester City ahead of Wednesday's Manchester derby, said: "The points total is like a bill, you don't know what it's going to be but, when it comes, you pay it."

And on the Manchester derby that could shape Liverpool's chances, Klopp said: "When we played United they were in a much better moment than they are now and that was 0-0. We will see what happens but we still have games after that. If United get a point and we go to Newcastle next weekend thinking we have done it, then we could get knocked."

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Publication:The Mirror (London, England)
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Date:Apr 22, 2019
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