Jordan Henderson thought he had added himself to the illustrious company of Merseyside derby match-winning heroes after he found the net in injury time for his team.

It sparked scenes of wild jubilation from a Liverpool perspective, only for the skipper’s celebrations to reduced to sheer heartbreak after the goal was ruled out following a controversial offside decision.

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The Liverpool skipper was absolutely outstanding for his team and ran himself into the ground following a performance of the highest order from Jurgen Klopp’s team.

From start-to-finish, Liverpool were aggressive and authoritative in their gameplan and were the polar opposite of the team that surrendered so meekly against Aston Villa before the international break.

After the match, Henderson attempted to put into to words the emotions that followed being denied a first victory at Goodison Park since 2016.

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He sent a powerful message after the game, on Instagram saying this was a moment that was difficult to put into words.

Outstanding Henderson

Despite the off-field drama, it is worth reflecting just how impressive of a performance this was from Liverpool.

Out of all of Liverpool’s array of outstanding players, it was Henderson who epitomised everything that was brilliant in this Reds performance. The 30-year-old skipper covered every blade of grass for his team and ran himself into the ground.

Henderson made 63 passes, which was only bettered by Thiago, including two key passes as the Liverpool captain’s energy and drive continuously kept the Reds on the front foot.

He also had 76 touches, three shots, one dribble and made two successful tackles for his team.

Even in the midst of missing out on three points, Klopp and Henderson will reflect positively once the team analyse the match at Melwood in the coming days.

After the capitulation at Villa, the performance and reaction from the team were just as important as the result. Hopefully, Liverpool can maintain similar standards when they kick-off their Champions League campaign against Ajax next Wednesday.

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