Klopp hails 'brilliant' victory at Saints
Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp hailed a "brilliant" win which sent his Reds side back to the top of the Premier League on Friday.
With Pep Guardiola's City in FA Cup semi-final action this weekend, Liverpool will remain at the summit until at least April 14, albeit having played a game more.
Until the late interventions of Mo Salah and impressive substitute Jordan Henderson they looked set to stay in second spot on goal difference.
Klopp admitted it was a significant victory for his team and believes Southampton, who remain five points above the drop zone, are a far tougher proposition since the appointment of Ralph Hasenhuttl.
"In the end it's brilliant. We come here and we know Southampton are a really different side since Ralph came in," continued the German.
"Everyone was expecting three points, but we knew how difficult it would be.
"Everyone will come here in the future and feel how difficult it is, so that makes it even more satisfying and brilliant that we could win.
"It was really big for us."
Reds captain Henderson and fellow midfielder James Milner had been dropped to the bench following last weekend's last-gasp victory over Tottenham.
They were introduced as part of a double substitution with 31 minutes to play and played a crucial role in driving their team on to three points.
"Second half they (Southampton) started lively, but we could bring two very motivated boys on," said Klopp.
"They helped a lot, pushed the whole team, do it in the dressing-room and on the pitch.
"Then we scored these two world-class goals, winning the balls back and counter-attacking."
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