Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp hailed another moment of magic from Roberto Firmino as the Brazilian’s late winner opened up a 16-point lead at the top of the Premier League with a 2-1 victory at Wolves on Thursday.
The European champions’ now 14-game winning streak in the league seemed set to end as Raul Jimenez cancelled out Jordan Henderson’s early opener.
Liverpool were even grateful to goalkeeper Alisson Becker for not falling behind in the second half.
However, like crucial victories against Leicester, Aston Villa and Crystal Palace earlier in the campaign, Liverpool left it late to snatch another vital three points in their quest to end a 30-year wait to win the title as Firmino smashed home six minutes from time.
“You just have to find a way to win and have someone who makes the perfect decision and that was Bobby again,” said Klopp.
“A worldie I would say from Bobby, a super goal.”
Liverpool, who now have 22 wins in 23 league games this season, also have a game in hand over second-placed Manchester City to come.
However, victory could still come at a cost as Mane hobbled off with a hamstring injury in the first half.
“We don’t know exactly (the severity of the injury). He felt something in the hamstring,” added Klopp, whose side are also still in the hunt for the FA Cup and Champions League.
Defeat leaves Wolves still six points off the top four in seventh, but Nuno Espirito Santo’s side showed why they are on form the most likely challengers to fourth-placed Chelsea for a place in next season’s Champions League.
“It was a fantastic game of football,” said Nuno. “We have to keep going and keep getting stronger.”
Nuno’s one regret from his side’s display was the manner of the opening goal.