Henderson spoke to Liverpool’s official website after the 2-1 victory and said that Jürgen Klopp’s words at half time inspired the comeback in Wales.
Yesterday, Liverpool trailed 1-0 at halftime due to customary bad defending at a set piece. Leroy Fer was allowed to score a rebound goal as a result of poor second ball awareness from the Reds.
The travelling side was able to impose their dominance on the hosts as the match wore on and it paid off in a big way after 9 minutes of second half play. Roberto Firmino and Jordan Henderson were switched on when Philippe Coutinho’s free-kick rebounded off the Swansea wall. A clever run from Firmino was found when Hendo lobbed the ball into the box. The Brazilian had a free header which he planted firmly in the bottom corner.
The comeback was completed 6 minutes from full time when Firmino was fouled in the box and won a penalty. Milner stepped up and coolly placed the ball down the middle of the goal.
Henderson says that the rally was sparked by a half-time chat with Jürgen Klopp.
Henderson told Liverpoolfc.com afterwards, “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 winning penalty was his fourth of the season and the latest in his 100% record since signing with Liverpool.
Hendo was full of praise for the midfielder-turned-left-back, “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.”
While there was plenty of graft and teamwork that earned Liverpool the three points, Hendo believes that the travelling fans were instrumental in the fightback.
“They were brilliant again,” the skipper said.
“Home and away they are always outstanding and they kept cheering even when we were 1-0 down. They got us over the line in the end and we managed to get the three points for them.”