Jurgen Klopp hailed his "Ferraris in the garage" after he made nine changes to the Liverpool team yet still saw his side at Southampton.
The Reds fell behind to a fine Nathan Redmond solo effort but goals from Takumi Minamino and Joel Matip turned the game around and kept the Premier League title race alive going into the final day of the season.
Liverpool will need to beat Wolves at Anfield and hope that Aston Villa can take something from Manchester City at the Etihad, but Klopp always had faith in his second-string players to keep them in the race.
"Making nine changes, if it hadn't worked out it would have been 1,000 per cent my responsibility," said Klopp.
"Now it worked out and it's 1,000 per cent the boys' responsibility because I can ask for a lot, the boys have to do it and I thought they did it exceptionally well.
"I am so happy about the performance. It was a bit touching, honestly. You think: 'Wow, these boys.' It is like having Ferraris in the garage.
"You let them out and they do it like this. Harvey (Elliott), I'm not sure the last time he played, Curtis (Jones) no rhythm, he has only played from time to time, Takumi Minamino, it is a crime he is not playing more often.
"(Alex) Oxlade-Chamberlain did not even play and he is in outstanding shape. It is really tough for the boys sometimes. Whatever happens this year happens because of this group. They are exceptional and they have showed that again."
One negative on the night for Liverpool was an injury to Joe Gomez, but Klopp is expecting him to make a swift recovery.
"I hope we are lucky - Joe himself has pain but not too much," said Klopp.
"He got a real shock to the system but he's sitting in the dressing room and when I spoke to him he was in a good mood.
"I think we probably were lucky but we have to figure that out."