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Jurgen Klopp explains why he was so exuberant in his celebrations after victory over Bournemouth

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Jurgen Klopp celebrates after the final whistle

Jurgen Klopp celebrates after the final whistle

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Jurgen Klopp celebrates after the final whistle

Jurgen Klopp admitted his excited reaction after Liverpool's 2-1 home win against Bournemouth was due, in part, to a release of the tension that has built up over the last few weeks.

Defeats in the Champions League, Premier League and FA Cup in the last three weeks have rocked Liverpool after what had been a flawless season, but they rediscovered their winning touch against their relegation-haunted rivals.

Liverpool duly delivered as they moved to within three wins of clinching the Premier League title after goals from Mohamed Salah and Sadio Mane cancelled out an early Callum Wilson goal at Anfield, with Klopp's celebrations in front of the Kop at the final whistle dripping with emotion after the final whistle.

"I was in good spirits, let me say it like this," said Klopp, as he punched the air time and again after the game. "I was absolutely happy about the result, the three points and the performance because I knew it would be tricky for different reasons.

"We wanted to fight back before the game and after that we had to fight back. How we played after being 1-0 down was exceptional, to be honest.

"I don't want to make it too big, but in a moment when you have to fight back for the momentum and then you get a decision like that and a goal like this, there are other teams in the history of football which would then slip. The boys' reaction today, I really loved.

"We will not get carried away. There's nothing good in losing football games but it makes you aware of how special it is to win football games. That's what we had in the last 10 days or two weeks when we lost games. So you appreciate it much more.

"Imagine we would have won against Watford, won in the FA Cup, won against Atletico and in the end you become champion whenever it would happen, and everybody would have said, 'Yeah, champion.'

"That has gone now and today was obviously very important to win again. Now we have three or four days to prepare for another very difficult game in a wonderful stadium with a sensational crowd. Let's make sure we are ready for that."

James Milner denied Bournemouth an equaliser with a goal-line clearance late in the game and he admitted the method of victory is less significant than the final outcome.

"It was important that the boys showed great attitude to come back after some iffy results," Milner told BT Sport. "It all about just finding a way to get the results now.

"We have seen spells in the last few games where we have not been good enough. It's up to us to improve but it's not down to a lack of effort.

"It's impossible to go through a season without an iffy spell, but it's about how you are going to come through that and the boys are working hard.

"We know how many points we need. When it gets closer it is always going to get harder, but mentally we have been there before. We've had disappointments and bounced back. You can see the mentality of the players, the drive and the tunnel vision. I hope, if that continues, it will get us back to the level of performance we know we are capable of."

Klopp also confirmed that captain Jordan Henderson is on course to be fit for the Champions League last-16 tie against Atletico Madrid at Anfield, with the home side looking to overturn a 1-0 first-leg deficit to continue their reign as European champions.

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