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Jurgen Klopp hails 'incredible' Liverpool after matching Manchester City's record of 18 consecutive Premier League wins

Sadio Mane's 81st-minute winner secured a 3-2 comeback victory for the Reds at Anfield

Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp hailed the "incredible" achievement of his players after Monday night's 3-2 victory over West Ham United saw them equal most consecutive Premier League wins.

Sadio Mane's 81st-minute winner secured a comeback victory for the Premier League leaders and also tied them with Manchester City on 18 successive wins in the English top tier.

Klopp's side can make the record their own on Saturday with victory at Watford, and the German warned his charges to be ready for a ferocious reception at Vicarage Road.

"I said at the beginning we want to write our own stories, create our own history. Obviously, the boys took that seriously and that's all cool but just not too important at the moment," Klopp said.

"It's so special. The numbers are incredible, so difficult. We are just in the situation and want to recover and prepare for the next game.

"The next opponent is really waiting and wants to fight us, the whole stadium at Watford will go for us, that's completely normal. There will be a special atmosphere and we have to be 100 per cent ready."

Liverpool are on 79 points, 22 clear of second-placed City, and will secure their first league title in 30 years by taking 12 points from their 11 remaining matches.

"Could I have wished for a better position to go into these last 11 games? No, I would never have thought it was possible, but each one of them is really difficult and we respect that a lot," Klopp added.

Liverpool were in danger of dropping points for the first time since their draw at Manchester United on October 20 after falling behind to struggling West Ham in the second half at Anfield.

Georginio Wijnaldum put Liverpool ahead early on but Issa Diop equalised soon after.

Pablo Fornals put the visitors ahead before Lukasz Fabianski's woeful blunder allowed Mohamed Salah to equalise with his 19th goal of the season.

Mane completed the fightback with nine minutes left as Liverpool restored their 22-point lead over Manchester City.

The defeat leaves the Hammers third bottom and mired in the relegation quagmire with only 24 points from 27 matches.

The win also preserved Liverpool's superb record without defeat. The Merseysiders are unbeaten in their last 44 league matches, just five short of Arsenal's all-time English record of 49.

Updated: February 25, 2020 08:33 AM

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