Jürgen Klopp has given fulsome praise to his players as Liverpool had to fight exceptionally hard to record their 18th straight league win after a 3-2 victory against West Ham on Monday night.
The home fans walking into Anfield would have by and large expected a routine victory against a side who are battling to hold onto their Premier League status.
And when Gini Wijnaldum scored from a flowing move within the ten minute mark, it appeared that the Reds would stroll to another three points.
However the Hammers who have just one league win in 2020 and whose fans are in uproar over the current ownership of the East London club, were in the mood to cause some uncomfortable moments for the home side and equalised through a Issa Diop header which went through Alisson.
They then took a shock lead early in the second half when substitute Pablo Fornals smartly turned the ball home and any discussion of a routine evening at the office was now well and truly on the back burner.
During this winning run in the league, Liverpool have had their hurdles to overcome and this was another one.
While they were not at their fluid best, they found a way again with goals by Mo Salah (via a Lukasz Fabianski howler) and Sadio Mane.
Speaking after the game as the Reds equaled the consecutive league victory mark set by Man City, Klopp said he continues to be be amazed by the ability of his squad to perform game after game.
The Echo reported the manager as saying:
A couple of years ago, maybe at the beginning of my time here, I said we wanted to write our own stories and create our own history.
“Obviously the boys have taken that really seriously, when I said that!
“It’s all cool, but not too important at the moment.
“I never thought it would ( the consecutive wins) would bebroken or equalled We did it and I cannot believe it happened to be honest.
“It’s so special. The numbers are incredible, so difficult.
“We have spoken about wonderful games and hard games, and it was a difficult one tonight.
“You can only get those numbers by winning all those games. The brilliant ones, the rougher ones, the more grumpy ones.”
“That’s what counts.
We all know that it’s very special, but at the moment we are just in the situation and want to recover and want to prepare for the next one.”
Despite also battling for their Premier League survival, Klopp said the next clash against Watford on Saturday evening will a considerable challenge.
“The next three points are always the hardest.
“It’s always been like this. It would be strange if we said anything different.
“The next 12 points will be difficult because they are difficult, you saw that tonight.
“The next opponent is waiting, the whole stadium at Watford will go for us. It’s completely normal. It will be a special atmosphere and we have to be 100% ready.
“I saw them against United and they played really well here because at the moment everybody is fighting for everything.
“I saw the boys tonight, they are really ready to fight.
“As long as we have that then nobody should worry, but we really have a lot of work still to do.”
Klopp also a special mention for the crowd after the 21st successive home league win.
“We have to be ready for the hardest work as a unit, and we were there again together with the crowd tonight, I loved that fact.
“Whatever will happen this season is an effort of all of us. I could not be more thankful or appreciate the support we get.
"So far so good."