Jordan Henderson paid tribute to the “madness” of Roberto Firmino after the Brazilian’s hat-trick of assists against Southampton helped Liverpool move 22 points clear at the top of the Premier League.
After a goalless first half at Anfield, strikes from Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, Henderson himself and two for Mohamed Salah gave the Reds a commanding 4-0 victory over Ralph Hasenhuttl’s side.
Manchester City could reduce that gap in their game at Tottenham on Sunday, but with 24 wins from their 25 games this season then the realisation that Liverpool’s 30-year wait for a top-flight league title is coming to an end is now a very real one.
And Henderson was quick to pay tribute to Firmino, who laid on goals for all three of Liverpool’s scorers on Saturday.
“Some of the stuff he does is madness really!” he told the Reds’ website.
“But he’s another outstanding player for us and it was another big performance from him.
“Especially in the second half, everyone put in a really good performance. We’re just really delighted to get the three points, especially going into the break now.”
Despite the win, Henderson and Liverpool are sticking to their policy of not getting carried away.
“We’re getting closer to our target but I don’t see why we need to change – I keep saying it every week but it’s the truth,” he continued.
“We take the next game as it comes, that’s the next challenge and the biggest challenge.
“We’re focusing on that 90 minutes and giving everything we can, respect the opposition like we always do and just focus on each game as it comes.
“That’s put us in good stead until now, so there’s no need to change. We just need to continue on our journey, keep focused, keep learning at the training ground and then when we play on a weekend, give everything we can.”