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  • David Tyrer

Henderson was told to make a difference by Klopp

On reading the starting line up last night Liverpool fans, to a man/woman, were over the moon to see Naby Keita and Fabinho drafted back in.

But as the first 20 minutes brought a goal for Southampton and nothing of note for the team in Red (or purple), the midfield seemed to be struggling to handle the home side's attack.

The trend continued into the 2nd half before Klopp made 2 uncharacteristic early subs, bringing in James Milner and Jordan Henderson, with the captain playing advanced in the midfield for a change.

The result was a 3-1 win, a return to the summit of the Premier League and a whole army of happy Reds, and Jordan Henderson has told how Jurgen Klopp basically just told him to 'make a difference'. Which he did.

Speaking to, following the match last night, the captain said: "Make a difference.

"Use our experience and then make a difference. Help the lads, get them going because we were under a bit of pressure.

"I felt as though we did that coming on, but so did everybody else. We kept going right until the end and we kept fighting and thankfully we managed to score a couple of goals and win the game."

The team looked swamped at times, with the home side's tactics working very well, until Klopp's own tactical changes reaped rewards and his players started turning the screw.

Henderson continued: "The manager has been big on that.

"He was big on that when he first came in a few years ago - that no matter what happens in the game, we still fight right until the very end.

"That is what we have been doing for a long time now and we need to keep that mentality going and not stopping until that final whistle goes.

"To go 3-1 up and kill the game off really was a big moment and a big result for us. That’s the most important thing, but going a goal behind we were really pleased that we managed to keep going and stay in the game.

"It was a must-win [game], we knew that, so it’s a big result for us going forward."

The win saw Liverpool storm back to the top of the league and, with City having played in the FA Cup semi-final today, they'll remain there until next Saturday, at the very least.

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