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Juergen Klopp maintains that his Liverpool are not driven by records

Juergen Klopp insisted Liverpool are not motivated by making history, after the runaway leaders took another step towards the English Premier League title with a 2-0 win at West Ham United yesterday morning (Singapore time).

Klopp's side have turned the title race into a procession, after they moved 19 points clear at the top with their 23rd victory from 24 league games this season.

Mohamed Salah opened the scoring with a first-half penalty at the London Stadium and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain wrapped up Liverpool's 15th successive league win after the interval.

Second-placed Manchester City are now so far behind Liverpool that the question is not if but when the Reds clinch their first top-flight title since 1990.

The Reds have won 32 of their past 33 league fixtures, dropping points only in a 1-1 draw at Manchester United last October.

With 14 games left, Liverpool's incredible run has given historic overtones to their impending title coronation.

But Klopp is only concerned about getting Liverpool over the finish line, with any landmarks along the way merely the icing on the cake.

"In a season, you have to dig in, you don't breathe pretty much, then after 38 games you come out of the water and see how you did," Klopp said.

"I'm not too much concerned about records. We had a record at (Borussia) Dortmund and Bayern (Munich) beat it the next season.

"I don't want to be boring. We just don't feel like that."

The European and world champions are now 41 games unbeaten in the league - just eight away from the 49-match English top-flight record set by Arsenal's "Invincibles" across 2003 and 2004.

Matching that Arsenal team's achievement in going an entire league season without defeat is within Liverpool's reach, as is Manchester City's EPL record of 100 points.

Liverpool's latest success on a chilly night in east London will be just a footnote when the full story of their likely title triumph is written, but they still managed to record another small piece of history.

They have now beaten all 19 of the other teams in the league at least once this season - the first time the club have achieved that feat in the top flight.

Told of the milestone, Klopp maintained his only motivation was to get the best from his team in each match, but he did stop to briefly salute the achievement.

He said: "This game, it was not a brilliant performance.

"The difficulty tonight was to get rhythm, keep rhythm and stay concentrated. Their biggest chances came because we gave them away.

"I trust these boys 100 per cent with my kids, but they still made these ridiculous mistakes.

"It's completely normal that you don't always perform at the highest level.

"It is not a motivational problem for us. We are Liverpool, we have a proper history and everyone knows what we have to do to reach that.

"If it was easy to get this number of points, other teams would have done it. It's just really incredibly difficult. If we reach any records, we will take that when it happens." - AFP