Liverpool emerged as victors from a turbulent clash with Crystal Palace but Jordan Henderson insists there are lessons to be learned from the fixture.
Before the halftime interval, Liverpool had taken the lead three times and had been pegged back on two occasions. The fixture lived up to the trend that no trip to Selhurst Park can take on a pre-destined script.
You would have thought that Christian Benteke would have been the Palace player to score multiple headered goals against Liverpool, and yet it was five foot eight James McArthur who put two headers into the back of the net before halftime.
I can only imagine what was said in the changing room but I don’t think Jurgen Klopp was praising his players for their three goals. To lose a lead twice in one game, and before halftime, is shocking.
Jordan Henderson assisted Roberto Firmino’s goal which put an end to any convincing efforts of a comeback from Alan Pardew’s men. The Liverpool skipper spoke about lessons learned in his post-match interview and there will need to be plenty if the Reds are to continue challenging for the title.
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“It was [a real battle]. We knew that before we came, it’s a difficult place to come to,” Hendo said.
“They’re a good team and hard to play against. It was a battle throughout the game. But I thought in the second half we managed the game well.
“We were under pressure from a few set-pieces but I thought we dealt with it well and managed to finish the game off. Overall, we’re delighted with the three points.”
I can imagine there was a huge sigh of relief when Firmino dinked the ball over Steve Mandanda and the ball bobbled into the back of the net. While Liverpool may have come away with the three points, there is still the concern that defence is an area of the pitch where the Reds just cannot cope.
Despite that, Liverpool is still at the top of the league, level on points with Arsenal and Manchester City and only third in the table due to an inferior goal difference.
Henderson continued: “I’ve said before that we’ve just got to concentrate on our game, take each game as it comes, keep winning and keep the momentum going.
“We’ll see where we are at the end of the season. We’re not getting ahead of ourselves – we’re just concentrating throughout the week on what we need to do on the next opposition and what our game-plan is. We’ll take it game by game.”
Hendo also admitted that his side made a few mistakes in defence but the recovery that was made is commendable.
“We need to look back at the game and the mistakes we made,” he said.
“But we dealt with it well – we forgot about it and moved on and just concentrated on what we had to do to win the game.
“Dejan will be disappointed but he comes up with the goal and then he was magnificent throughout the game. You’ve got to give people like that credit. It takes a lot of character to do that.”
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