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Klopp hails Liverpool support cast after victory at Southampton: It's a crime...

Liverpool have taken the Premier League title race down to the final day of the season by coming from behind to win at Southampton.

Jurgen Klopp's side knew defeat would hand the title to Manchester City - while even a draw would effectively end the challenge because of their inferior goal difference.

And it looked as if Liverpool might have a struggle on their hands when Nathan Redmond gave Southampton a 13th-minute lead with a curling right-foot shot beyond Alisson.

Liverpool, with nine changes from the side that won the FA Cup by beating Chelsea on penalties at Wembley on Saturday, once again showed their resilience and reserves of strength as Takumi Minamino levelled before half-time with a thumping drive against the club where he spent a spell on loan last season.

The pressure built after the break and Liverpool took a deserved lead after 67 minutes when Joel Matip sent an instinctive looping header over Saints' keeper Alex McCarthy.

City will still retain their title with victory over Aston Villa at Etihad Stadium but Liverpool have pushed them all the way again and ensured the fight will go down to the wire.

Klopp later said: "It's unbelievable, what they've done makes it even more special. Outstanding. What can I say about this group?

"It's a crime Minamino doesn't play more. Harvey didn't play for a long time. Curtis didn't play much. They deliver. It's unbelievable. Making nine changes and this performance is exceptional.

"We would have had much more problems today if we'd played the guys who played 120 minutes on Saturday.

"So many good things.

"I ask for a lot. I saw them enjoying the game and playing football. We conceded a goal out of nothing, It looked like a foul. I'm really proud of the boys. Since January we only drew three times. We had corona outbreaks.

"I never had a group like this. They push each other constantly. Tonight is really special. It worked out because of the boys."

On the final day, he added: "We all know. We never gave up. We'll give it a try, It's our home game, last home game of season. The atmosphere will be outstanding. We'll try to use it. We have to do our job. Football is a tricky game sometimes. Aston Villa play on Thursday and then Sunday. We'll see but you have to focus on yourselves."


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