Jordan Henderson has credited Jurgen Klopp with inspiring Liverpool's comeback against Swansea City, which saw them come from a goal down to win 2-1 in an inspired second half of football.
Leroy Fer gave the Swans a 1-0 lead in the eighth minute and the Reds failed to respond. Going in at half-time, it looked for all the world that another disappointing defeat, echoing the one suffered at Burnley, was on the cards.
But the Liverpool players emerged from the break with renewed resilience and quickly found themselves back on level terms when Roberto Firmino netted in the 54th minute.
Klopp's team dominated from that moment onwards but Swansea clung onto even terms before their resistance finally broke six minutes from time. Angel Rangel pushed Firmino in the box, leaving James Milner with the unenviable task of burying the penalty. He did and Liverpool left with three points.
Henderson, who played the full 90 minutes at the Liberty Stadium, has credited the German manager with inspiring the comeback. During a half-time team talk, Klopp challenged his team to reach the heights they have set themselves this season.
He told Liverpool's official website: “Obviously he had a few words to say because it wasn’t good enough, especially the first half an hour. The standards we’ve set, we just didn’t match them.
“We came in at half-time and he [Klopp] had a few words to say, but credit to the lads we responded and the second half we played well."
Milner's nerves of steel
Henderson also had praise for Milner, who scored his fourth penalty of the season. He scored the equalising goal against Tottenham in August and two against Hull City last month, making his one of the Premier League's top scorers. Henderson said his compatriot has got "nerves of steel".
He continued: “When we got the first goal we had a little bit of momentum behind us and we wanted to find the second goal. We had a couple of good chances but just couldn’t find the net, but then we got the penalty and it was slotted home by Millie [Milner] which was brilliant. It was a brilliant three points for us.
“He’s been brilliant so far [with the penalties], touch wood! He’s got nerves of steel really so hopefully he keeps on putting them in the back of the net.”
'Made no sense'
After the game, Klopp expressed his anger that his players put in such a drab first 45 minutes, saying the performance "made no sense".
He told reporters: "The body language was not good, the build-up was too static. Swansea did well, that’s important to say, but we were too static. We had no movement. We knew what they wanted to do, so we knew where the spaces are, but there was a misunderstanding. We were never compact enough for counter-pressing situations, that makes no sense."
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