Senegal international, Sadio Mane and Egyptian goal-machine, Mohamed Salah both scored for Liverpool as their team thumped West Ham United 4-1 to move above Manchester United into second place in the Premier League, said manager Jurgen Klopp.
Roberto Firmino and the two African internationals all scored in the second half in a resounding Anfield win for the Reds.
Klopp told BBC Sport: “You hope for a game like this, and you want to see it, but it’s really rare that you get it.
“Today we got it and it’s unbelievably important for us because of the situation in the table and the period of the season we are in.”
Emre Can headed Liverpool ahead from a corner – the Reds’ 100th goal this season – after Salah had been denied by a post.
Salah made it 2-0 with an instinctive, low finish after a delicious pass by Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, before Firmino added the third after a mistake by goalkeeper Adrian.
Substitute Michail Antonio’s quality, low finish gave West Ham hope – but Mane, who had hit the post moments before, completed a fine Liverpool win.
“The quality of the players Liverpool have got at the moment caused us big problems,” said Hammers boss David Moyes.