Palace were reduced to 10 men when Aaron Wan-Bissaka was shown a red card in the 75th minute for clattering into the back of Salah, who was through on goal, and he exited the pitch to a standing ovation from the Palace fans.
"Quality costs a specific price, it's with cars like that, with a lot of things like that and with players as well, that's why we paid it", he said referring to Van Dijk's fee.
Right at the end of the first half, Mohamed Salah picked up the ball in the Crystal Palace box and went down under pressure from Mamadou Sakho. "You have to play it as it is and be a real challenger, play ugly, do all that type of stuff", said Klopp of his team's display.
Roy Hodgson, Palace's manager, is notorious for having well-drilled teams who achieve beyond expectations, but the team he has is not lacking in attacking threat, mainly through Zaha.
Hodgson was clearly furious with Michael Oliver's decision to award Salah a penalty, which was subsequently converted by James Milner. "I want to win football games and that's what we did tonight". He loves playing with these boys and that's the most important thing for me.
"It's probably the first time at the start of the season that I've thought they have a genuine chance of winning the league". There is no way he is looking to get contact on the player himself. There's no way [Sakho] is looking to foul the player.
"He should be disappointed if he's not alongside an Alan Hansen if people in 20 years" time when we're thinking of great Liverpool central defenders because I don't there is another centre back who can nearly tick every box, ' he said.
"If people can't see that I'll be the pariah who only sees what he wants to see and all you guys will see something different and I will accept that".