Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp saluted his 'really special' players as they moved a remarkable 22-points clear at the top of the Premier League table with a 4-0 win against Southampton at Anfield.
The champions-elect have now collected 100 points from a possible 102 in their last 34 Premier League games, with second-half goals from Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, Jordan Henderson and two late strikes from Mohamed Salah easing Liverpool to a 16th successive league win at Anfield.
Their 22-point advantage at the top of the table is the biggest lead any league-leader has ever had at the end of a day in English top-flight history, yet a stumbling first-half performance left Klopp to describe the comprehensive nature of his side's victory as surprising.
"What a strange result in the end," said the Liverpool boss. "It's deserved because we score the goal but I give some credit to Southampton.
"They are a tough team to beat and you can see how much strength they have taken from the setbacks they had earlier in the season. They have turned it around in a manner I may never have seen before after losing 9-0 (against Leicester in October).
"They had too many shots on target and we had to change in the second half. That helped massively and when we are rolling it's difficult to stop. Even when it was 4-0 Southampton did not stop and I have so much respect for that.
"The attitude and mentality of these boys made it possible for us to win. There were tricky moments and Southampton looked like today it could probably happen. The boys put a sensational shift in, everybody went to the point. That makes this group really special.
"When my team start rolling, the power we create in these moments is really incredible, I have to say. So I am really happy about the result. In the end, it was a brilliant performance.
"We have to use the skills of the boys, we have to use the character of the boys, we have to use the power of this club and especially of this stadium. It is our duty to win football games and that's what we've tried now for a while."
The records Liverpool are setting this season are a tribute to their consistency, yet Klopp insists that is not their chief motivation as his side extended an unbeaten run that dates back over 12 months to a narrow loss against Manchester City at the Etihad Stadium.
"We don't look at that number, that's true," he added. "The game we lost in this (unbeaten) period was at Manchester City and we could say we lost it because of 11mm when we could have had a goal that was close to going in.
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"It was a really tight game, so imagine if we would have drawn that day and then I don't know what the number would be then of how many games we didn't lose or whatever.
"Look, I promise you I don't lie: we don't feel it. We just don't feel it. Today before the game, my main feeling is that I am concerned. I am a very optimistic person but not before a football game because I have known for long enough anything can happen; the ball rolls in different directions and stuff like this."
Liverpool captain Jordan Henderson, who received a rousing ovation from the Anfield crowd as he was substituted late on, admitted team unity is driving Liverpool's title charge.
"Everybody is enjoying their football but it's also about the work ethic and giving everything for each other – and that's the most important thing to me," he told the Liverpool website.
"Just give everything you can for your teammates, which we have been doing. If you do that then you get your rewards at the end. For us, we just need to continue that, give everything we can right until the end of the season and then see where we are.
"It's always nice to get a goal, especially at Anfield of course. But the most important thing was the three points of course. The goals are important obviously and we scored some really good goals in the second half.
"Delighted with performance in the end, especially in the second half. Some really good goals and we've got to be delighted with the three points."