Jurgen Klopp admitted to a slice of fortune after Liverpool secured a 3-1 win over Chelsea before dismissing title talk as “crazy.”
The German secured his first Premier League win since succeeding Brendan Rodgers after the Reds battled back from a goal down at Stamford Bridge.
Ramires opened the scoring after just three minutes but the Reds responded with a double from Philippe Coutinho and Christian Benteke sealed victory to heap further pressure on Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho.
Liverpool midfielder Lucas Leiva, who had already been booked, was spared a second yellow card midway through the second half by referee Mark Clattenburg for tripping Ramires, who was bursting forward with the scores level at 1-1.
On the Lucas challenge, Klopp said: “If you think in England, where many situations are sometimes a little bit strange when nobody uses the whistle… in a situation like this, was it a sure yellow card? I’m not sure it was a foul.
“But if you want to win at Chelsea, you need a little bit of luck. Maybe in this situation we had a little bit of luck.
“Nobody knows if they would win with 10 against 11. It’s not guaranteed.”
Just as he had ahead of the match, Klopp expressed sympathy for Mourinho and backed Chelsea to climb out of their predicament.
He then played down Liverpool’s title aspirations. “Oh please. Are you crazy?” he said.
“I’ve been here three weeks, round about. You think after one win at Chelsea we should think about this?
“We don’t think about this. We have to think about the next game, about improving our game and our style. We can do much better than today.”