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Following a run of four draws in their last five games including a goalless stalemate against Manchester United on Sunday, the two-time African Footballer of the Year stressed why Liverpool need to pick maximum points against Javi Gracia's men.

After three draws in their last four league matches, Liverpool can not afford many more dropped points but Klopp said maintaining a ideal record from now until the end of the season had not come into his thinking yet. They had 20 attempts at goal to West Ham's two, including an effort from David Silva that hit the post, and enjoyed 76 per cent possession.

He scored the last-minute victor that won the game at Anfield in December, following a disastrous mistake from Everton goalkeeper Jordan Pickford, and sparked a wild celebration from Klopp, who ran onto the pitch to hug his players.

"It was one of his much better games. He works hard every day".

But a Liverpool side looking for their first league title in 29 years came through that test with flying colours, recording a thumping 5-0 victory that kept them one point clear of second placed Manchester City.

"It's the derby and it's special but we want to show our quality, win the game - hopefully with good football but if not, we are going to fight for it. Let's try to do it again and again".

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But Klopp maintained his mantra of focusing on his own side and not concerning himself with what Pep Guardiola's team are doing. "The boys do that and so I am fine with that".

" I was scratching my head being told "no" about those I had recommended while we were getting in these Italian-based players who were nowhere near it". It's always nice to get end-of-season awards and I'm sure he'll be in the running. If you are top of the table, it's pretty likely that all the contenders win.

"That's the only advantage you have when you are fighting to stay in the lead because the other teams lose a bit more often than our fight".

"I think we are going to drop points, I think Liverpool are going to drop points".

"For me, he's the best centre-back just now in the world, down to the way he's playing and the confidence he's got".

"He looks good, we were obviously lucky. We knew it would be tough but we will look to the next game".

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