Jordan Henderson may have been missing from Liverpool’s 3-2 win over West Ham, but he still helped play a major part in the win which means they are just four wins from Premier League glory. The Liverpool captain was in and around the dressing room before and after the game to help rally his team on.
The 29-year-old was keen to erase any complacency amongst his team-mates as they go in search of further silverware later in the season.
After all, they have a huge second-leg Champions League clash with Atletico Madrid on the horizon in which they will need to turn in a faultless performance.
According to The Athletic, Henderson paid tribute to the mentality of his colleagues after they came from behind to beat West Ham.
Georginio Wijnaldum scored the opener heading past Lukasz Fabianski in the first half.
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But West Ham worked their way back into the match though and took a surprise lead following goals from Issa Diop and Pablo Fornals.
Liverpool salvaged the win though with a spirited comeback thanks to goals from Mohamed Salah and Sadio Mane.
It was a performance that reiterated just how important Henderson is to Liverpool, and now Jurgen Klopp will be hoping to get him back fit as soon as possible.
That’s something pundit Jason Cundy picked up on after watching Liverpool earn all three points.
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“The best Liverpool side has Henderson in it,” he told talkSPORT.
“They were complacent against West Ham. When you go 1-0 up against a side that is fighting relegation, and you are ripping the league to pieces, I think there is perhaps a little bit of room for that.
“Liverpool came unstuck a little bit tonight but they got the three points and I guarantee Klopp will be telling his gang, ‘if you want to do that in the Champions League against Atleti, if you put in a performance like that, there is no way you’re going through, no way on this earth’.
“They’ve got to be better than that.
“And you wonder whether Henderson’s influence on the pitch might have got them going.”
Liverpool have now equalled Manchester City’s record for consecutive Premier League wins (18), set in 2017/18.
They can beat that if they get better of Watford on Saturday at Vicarage Road.
“It’s so special. The numbers are incredible, so difficult. I said we wanted to write our own stories, create our own history,” said Klopp.
“Obviously, the boys took that really seriously and that is all cool but just not too important at the moment.
“We are just in the situation and want to recover and prepare for the next game.”
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