Jordan Henderson has revealed why Liverpool's players were keen to show their appreciation to the Kop following their 2-2 draw against West Brom yesterday.
The Reds looked on course for a defeat at Anfield yesterday against Tony Pulis' side after Craig Dawson cancelled out Henderson's opener thanks to an error from goalkeeper Simon Mignolet, and Jonas Olsson's 73rd minute strike.
However Belgian forward Divock Origi stepped up in the 95th minute to spare Liverpool's blushes, and keep them in touch with the top four during a weekend that saw Manchester United and Tottenham drop points.
Following the dramatic later equaliser, Jurgen Klopp assembled his team and ensured they paid tribute to the Anfield faithful - and now Henderson says the move was to repay fans who had kept cheering them on, even when they were behind.
"The crowd kept with us," he told Liverpoolfc.com. "Even when we were getting beat, they kept us going and we managed to get the equaliser.
“I thought we were going to drag ourselves over the line for the winner. We’re trying to create that atmosphere here even more so and the fans were brilliant. We’ve got to keep that going and win games here for them."
The result means that Liverpool now sit five points adrift of Manchester United in fourth, and nine points off league leaders Arsenal, who strolled to a 2-0 win against Aston Villa earlier on Sunday. After a strong start under Klopp, Liverpool now have just two wins in their last five, and Henderson believes his side should have walked away with the win yesterday.
“Overall, we’re disappointed we haven’t won the game,” the midfielder explained. “It was a game we should be winning at home and we didn’t do that. But at the same time, we kept going right until the end, managed to get the equaliser and kept pushing for a winner, but couldn’t get it over the line.
“We need to make sure we defend set plays much better. We’ve been working on it because it’s not good enough, to be honest. We need to keep working on it and improve quickly because it’s cost us two points.”
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