Salah seemed to be playing the game at a whole different speed, taking his time before finding the net and securing his first hat-trick of the season.
He said: "We want to be as good as possible, we don't know what that is". Top of the table and three goals, it was a fantastic win today. If your team's manager reacted in that way after you had just scored a vital goal, you'd love it. "Six weeks for us is massive, I can't even count the games in that period, but that means as well that he will be back for a big part of the season still and that's good". While he failed with a cynical tackle on Salah in the lead-up to Liverpool's second, he haplessly put beyond his own goalkeeper afterwards and was then beaten easily for number four.
Crouch added that he watched the game and found Klopp's reaction hilarious, "I watched the Merseyside derby and, given I will always have a foot in the Liverpool camp, I loved what I saw in the final minute".
"I don't know many players who would score those two goals". Unfortunately I can not say it will never happen again, but we are really more controlled in these situations and that was a big step for us, very important.
Salah was the first to threaten as Liverpool settled quickly into the blustery conditions on the South coast, latching on to Xherdan Shaqiri's chipped ball forward but then slicing his right-footed effort wildly off target.
"I think I said a few years ago that we have to write our own history", Klopp said.
"So far we showed consistency, which is the most important thing".
Although his first goal was fortuitous given he was just offside, his second and third were simply reminders of his brilliance. How we defended in the centre, the centre-half alone can do nothing, the goalie alone can do nothing - sometimes a lot but nobody can perform wonders, so you need all these boys around.