Liverpool's Jürgen Klopp criticises Mohamed Salah dive against Chelsea

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"One month ago, it was impossible to imagine we could fight for a place in the Champions League", Chelsea manager Antonio Conte said. "We are getting three points in every game, our opponents are dropping points".

After going ahead Chelsea produced a defensive masterclass to blunt Liverpool's attacking threat and see out the game to move to within three points of the Reds with a game in hand.

In a dramatic conclusion to the top four battle, Chelsea, who are three points behind Liverpool, host struggling Huddersfield on Wednesday and Tottenham face Newcastle the same evening.

Victory against Brighton next Sunday would secure Liverpool's top four place, despite Klopp's first loss in six meetings against Chelsea.

The Egyptian endured his third game without a goal thanks to an outstanding performance from Chelsea's Antonio Rüdiger.

"Liverpool is a team who are very risky and if you leave a lot of space behind the defensive line their players are impressive the way they attack the space, but also playing through the lines and in their combinations".

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"I'd like to finish with one simple word: I will miss you". Then, the Champions League final in Kiev will be upon them, and Real Madrid await. "Before the game they are very friendly, all 'Hello Mo, how are you?', and hugs here and there".

"When I woke up this morning I was hoping for a 3-0 win, so we didn't have to care about the Brighton game and could start to prepare the final".

"Yes I think it was a dive, wasn't it?"

Chelsea did have to withstand significant pressure towards the end, but it had enough to keep Liverpool at bay, meaning Jurgen Klopp's men, who are just a point better off than Spurs, will be starting to look over their shoulders. That doesn't sound like a holiday to me.

Klopp also condemned Liverpool winger Mohamed Salah for a dive that earned him a booking. While Chelsea and Tottenham have the luxury of resting their players mid-week, Liverpool find themselves playing twice a week with a squad that is already missing Emre Can, Adam Lallana and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain through injury.