Jurgen Klopp suggested Liverpool had answered some of their critics after a resounding 5-0 win over Watford at Anfield kept them top of the Premier League pile.
Sadio Mane and Virgil van Dijk both scored twice, either side of a Divock Origi goal as Liverpool recorded their biggest league win of the season to date.
Title rivals Manchester City needed a Sergio Aguero penalty to get past West Ham 1-0 at the Etihad Stadium, while Spurs’ 2-0 loss at Chelsea ensured it is now all but a two-horse race for glory.
Klopp felt the performance will have answered some recent unfair criticism, following four draws in five games in all competitions.
“You know what was written and said about us. It is of course not right,” he said afterwards.
“These boys are outstanding and today they showed so much passion.”
“We draw against Bayern and against (Manchester) United and everybody talks about, I don’t know exactly what they are talking about, but things I don’t understand.”
His side are a point ahead of champions City with ten games left to play. It is set to be high-pressure run-in but the German feels his players should be happy with their efforts to now and he wants them to enjoy the title race.
“We have 69 points,” added Klopp. “We could have had 75 but we are having a really good season. Let’s enjoy the ride and see where it takes us.”
Liverpool are 1.62 to win Sunday’s Merseyside derby at Goodison Park, while the Reds are 2.60 to claim the title this season.