However, Pep Guardiola's men showed why they have been compared with the all-time great teams of the Premier League era by inflicting Spurs' first league defeat since the sides last met at the Etihad in December. That is the most important thing for us, that we play as a team, we play as 11 players.
Mohamed Salah scored his 40th goal of the season.
Mohamed Salah wants to rewrite Liverpool's record books but admitted he would swap all of his goals if it means he becomes a Champions League victor.
Chelsea kept their faint hopes of Champions League football next season alive by closing to within seven points of Spurs with a stunning eight-minute fightback to deepen Southampton's predicament in the bottom three.
The club - once one of the biggest in Europe - have reached the semi-finals of the Champions League and sit third in the Premiership. "It's such an intense time, and playing like this is great, it's just great and scoring these goals is really good".
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The Egypt international's haul has also helped Liverpool to the semi-finals of the Champions League, where they will face his former club AS Roma as they bid to reach a final clash with either Real Madrid or Bayern Munich. I don't care about the rest.
When asked whether he would rather win the Golden Boot or the Champions League, Salah said: "If you had a choice, then of course it is the Champions League".
He is just four goals shy of the Premier League records held by Andy Cole and Alan Shearer of 34 and could possibly eclipse this tally in the coming weeks.
Liverpool should have built on their early lead and the only surprise was that Bournemouth managed to keep in the match, and keep Salah out, until the 69th minute.
'I can not lie - it is in my mind, ' said Salah.
"You can see with the team everyone tries to pass the ball to me to help me".
"I am also sure that Tottenham's players try to help Harry Kane and also Manchester City's try to help Sergio Aguero".