Jordan Henderson hailed Liverpool’s “reaction to the setbacks” in their narrow 3-2 Premier League victory over struggling Nottingham Forest.
Jurgen Klopp’s side edged a five-goal thriller at Anfield on Saturday, despite twice being pegged back as strikes from Neco Williams and Morgan Gibbs-White cancelled out goals from Diogo Jota.
Mohamed Salah’s 70th-minute effort settled the contest, in which the hosts were twice caught out by long throw-ins, as they made it back-to-back wins.
Though acknowledging there is plenty of room for improvement, Henderson was pleased by his team-mates’ character.
“The good thing is we kept going, not once, but twice, and we kept going and to find the winner is definitely a positive,” the Reds captain told Sky Sports.
“But of course, we shouldn’t be in that position in the first place with the experience on the pitch.
“We made it more difficult for ourselves. We could defend the long throw-ins a bit better, and conceding two from that is something we can work on for sure.
“But overall, I’m delighted with the reaction to the setbacks and to still get the winner.
“We knew the type of game it would be, and we had to be patient with the ball, wait for the right chances.”
A fantastic achievement, boss
In elite company as he makes it league wins at Anfield in 144 gamespic.twitter.com/LlfiRwnWwL
— Liverpool FC (@LFC) April 22, 2023
Meanwhile, Klopp celebrated his 100th league win at Anfield (in 144 games), with only Bob Paisley (131) and Bill Shankly (139) reaching a century in fewer matches.
The Reds boss knows his side must improve, telling BBC Sport: “We deserve the three points, which is the most important thing. I liked that we stayed in the game.
“In too many situations we couldn’t clear properly, but apart from that I am really pleased with a lot of things.
“We gave away two goals too easy and in a game like this, you have to control possession. You don’t have to force it, and sometimes we forced it.”
On Jota, he added: “That’s what goals can do, they give you a boost and confidence.
“He did miss a sitter [earlier on], which was the easiest out of them all, but the second goal was very special.”
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