"It's really hard when we go to the next gear and use the space, it was nice to watch tonight", he added. There are a number of signs which range from the welcoming of team buses outside the ground, to the volume of You'll Never Walk Alone before kick off, but if the Kop are standing for the entire game, as they did tonight, then that's usually an indication that the game is more than just a run of the mill fixture.
In the 85th minute, Salah finally got his long-sought goal after receiving the ball inside of the box, fakes a shot that led two defenders to collide with each other before shooting with his right foot straight into the top corner. Liverpool had failed to score its last four penalties at Anfield, including attempts by Firmino and James Milner in the Champions League.
Mohamed Salah of Liverpool celebrates after scoring his sides seventh goal. It's really hard when we go to the next gear and use the space, it was nice to watch tonight. I told them at half-time we needed to show that we learn from our mistakes and keep going. If we perform like this then we are obviously a threat, 100%.
But Klopp dismissed the notion he had played an ultra-attacking line-up, saying that Mane and Coutinho were given essentially midfield duties. Phil and Sadio....they had a clear structure, having Roberto running everywhere and Mo between the lines.
"I don't like to take on these two titans but I don't want to delude Liverpool fans, some of whom are close to me", he said.
"Clearly they're beating these so-called lesser teams, and the same in the Premier League".
It puts aside the memory of both Rafa Benitez's final Champions League campaign with the reds of 2009/10 and Brendan Rodgers' dismal effort in 2014-15. They still see Coutinho as their main man, and they're making sure Barca know it. "The approach is not the thing, it is what we do with it", he said.