Jurgen Klopp has praised the "massive achievement" of Sadio Mane scoring 100 goals for the club as the Senegal international kick-started the 3-0 win over Crystal Palace that took Liverpool top of the Premier League.
Mane became the first player in the EPL era to score against the same opponents in nine straight matches, beating Robin van Persie's eight in a row against Stoke, and his close-range strike just before halftime made him the 18th man to bring up a century of Liverpool goals in his 224th game.
"People forget around these 100 goals he worked incredibly hard, defended for us, pressed high, counter-pressed, created goals, set up chances, so the 100 goals are just one thing - there are so many numbers that are important," said Klopp.
"I am really happy for him he could reach it, a massive achievement in the glorious history of this club that only 18 players scored 100 goals.
"Nowadays, players are not normally as long at clubs so I am really happy I could work so long with him."
Klopp made six changes - including a whole new back four with a debut for summer signing Ibrahima Konate - from the midweek Champions League win over AC Milan and it was a hard-fought win for Liverpool, who sealed the win with further goals from Mo Salah and Naby Keita.
"I told the boys this was one of the most hard-fought 3-0s I ever saw. I'm really pleased," said Klopp.
Australian Associated Press