Henderson: Why we wanted to thank the fans for their support
Jordan Henderson explained why Liverpool were so eager to show their appreciation to the fans following Sunday’s dramatic 2-2 draw with West Bromwich Albion at Anfield.
Divock Origi’s deflected equaliser deep into stoppage-time ratcheted the decibel levels up several notches as the Reds poured forward in search of a winner.
Unfortunately, time wasn’t on their side but after the full-time whistle the squad and manager Jürgen Klopp joined together in a line to salute the Kop and thank supporters for their backing.
Henderson told Liverpoolfc.com: “The crowd kept with us. Even when we were getting beat, they kept us going and we managed to get the equaliser.
“I thought we were going to drag ourselves over the line for the winner. We’re trying to create that atmosphere here even more so and the fans were brilliant. We’ve got to keep that going and win games here for them."
While Liverpool were grateful for the fans’ support, Henderson acknowledges they were ultimately disappointed to have only collected a point against the Baggies.
It was the captain himself who swept the Reds into an early lead, converting Adam Lallana’s knockdown on his first league start since August 17 following injury.
However, the visitors struck back as first Craig Dawson levelled before half-time before Jonas Olsson headed them into a 73rd minute lead.
With time ebbing away, it was left to substitute Origi to snatch a point when his long-range shot found the back of the Kop end goal via a deflection.
“Overall, we’re disappointed we haven’t won the game,” Henderson admitted. “It was a game we should be winning at home and we didn’t do that. But at the same time, we kept going right until the end, managed to get the equaliser and kept pushing for a winner, but couldn’t get it over the line.
“We need to make sure we defend set plays much better. We’ve been working on it because it’s not good enough, to be honest. We need to keep working on it and improve quickly because it’s cost us two points.”
Henderson was eager to highlight the contribution of Origi, who turned in a lively performance after entering the action as a replacement for the injured Dejan Lovren on 79 minutes.
He said: “I thought the second goal was brilliant from Divock, obviously it took a big deflection but I thought he had a big impact when he came on and got the equaliser for us.
“He’s still very young – you don’t realise how young he is sometimes! In the last few weeks he’s been brilliant, getting his hat-trick [at Southampton] and then coming on against West Brom and having a big impact in the game, so I am delighted for him.”
Liverpool now have the rare experience of no midweek game ahead of a league encounter with Watford at Vicarage Road on Sunday.
“I think that’s important for us – getting in as much training in as possible this week,” said Henderson.
“We’ll have a week’s preparation for the Watford game, hopefully it will be a good training week and we can prepare well for the game.”