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Jurgen Klopp's half-time speech helped Liverpool beat Chelsea - Lucas Leiva

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Liverpool midfielder Lucas Leiva has revealed Jurgen Klopp's half-time team-talk inspired the Reds to their 3-1 victory over Chelsea yesterday.

Ramires' early header for Chelsea meant Liverpool got off to the worst possible start, but two goals from Philippe Coutinho - one of which came on the stroke of half-time - and a late strike from Christian Benteke helped seal all three points.

Klopp was irate with his team on the sidelines after they conceded in the first five minutes of the game, and Lucas, who has been given a regular starting role by the former Borussia Dortmund boss, says his half-time speech made all the difference for the second half.

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The Brazilian also revealed that Klopp used the fact they conceded a late goal against Southampton last week to motivate his side.

“I wouldn’t say it [the performance] was perfect but I think it was enough to win the game,” the Brazilian told Liverpool's official website.

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“We conceded an early goal and during the last few months if we conceded a goal our body language maybe wasn’t the best, but after the Southampton game the manager spoke to us and said you can’t think too much about a goal if you concede it, and you just need to get back on your game.

“That’s what we did I think and the goal came at the right time for us just before half-time, but even in the first-half I thought we were the better team."

After securing the first Premier League win under Klopp, Liverpool now sit in seventh, eight points adrift of league leaders Manchester City and Arsenal.

Despite the morale-boosting win, Klopp is keen to ensure his side don't get carried away and laughed off talk of a title challenge.

"Are you crazy? You think after one win at Chelsea we should think about this?" he told reporters.

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