Jurgen Klopp praised James Milner after the vice-captain’s late penalty won all three points for Liverpool in yesterday’s clash with Fulham.
Sadio Mane’s opener was cancelled out by Ryan Babel with less than 15 minutes of the match remaining.
But when Mane was fouled by the Fulham goalkeeper, Milner kept a cool head to slot home the winner.
“We want to stay in the race. That’s what we did,” Klopp said. “Nothing is decided, but we can make sure we stay in the race.
“(First is) the best position you can be in. City don’t look as if they drop a lot of points, so we have to win, to win and to win. Now they have a game in hand but it was very important we won. We were really all very happy. You could see in our reaction.
“I didn’t see us panic. I liked how we reacted. The penalty doesn’t say we are sensational. Five or 10 minutes before the equaliser, we had so many little mistakes.
“We controlled the game completely, and then we gave Fulham the ball and the crowd woke up. But we had a very intense week, going to Munich, coming back, travelling to London, so I’m completely fine. Average game, sensational result.”