Jurgen Klopp has made never giving up part of Liverpool's identity, according to captain Jordan Henderson.

Liverpool were on course to cruise to a first league title in 30 years this season, but the coronavirus pandemic has thrown the campaign into flux.

The Reds hold a 25-point advantage over defending Premier League champions Manchester City and Henderson considers their ability to battle until the end key to their stunning haul of 82 points from 29 games.

England international Henderson believes the improved resilience is down to a long-term mentality shift Klopp began attempting to implement after taking over in 2015.

"That sort of mentality and that resilience within us, especially this season, has been massive in terms of the games we've won," Henderson said on Sky Sports News. "I feel as though that's something the manager really started to instil in the squad when he first came.

"When he first came, I can remember him talking about never ever stopping and finishing or changing your mentality within a game.

"You always finish, you always keep going no matter what happens within a game, no matter what score it is, right until the very end, because you never know what can happen in football and you need to keep the same mentality and keep going right until the end. I can always remember that right from the very beginning."

Henderson highlighted a 4-3 second-leg victory over Borussia Dortmund at Anfield in the 2015-16 Europa League quarter-finals, in which Liverpool came back from 3-1 down, as an example of that attitude.

He continued: "If I look back through the time he's been here and you look at games like Dortmund in the Europa League, coming back like we did in that game, And little games in the Premier League people might not really pick up on, but when you go back I think it has been a progression over a few years and not just one season.

"I think this season has been massive in terms of the consistency of it, but I really feel as though that was a work in progress and it's now part of our identity really, that no matter what happens within the game we never stop and we never change the mentality until the game's finished."

Jordan Henderson lamented Liverpool's missed chances after a stunning loss to Atletico Madrid in the Champions League on Wednesday.

Georginio Wijnaldum's header had brought Liverpool level in the tie before Roberto Firmino's extra-time goal at Anfield had the holders on track to reach the quarter-finals.

However, a brace from Marcos Llorente – the first coming after an error from Liverpool goalkeeper Adrian – and Alvaro Morata's late goal lifted Atletico to a 3-2 win and 4-2 aggregate success.

But Henderson rued his side's missed opportunities, having taken 34 shots and hit the crossbar through Andy Robertson in the second half of regulation time.

"Any mistake or lapse in concentration can cost you, and like I say we're really disappointed with the result overall," the Liverpool captain told BT Sport.

"With the position that we're in, to concede the goals we did, we're disappointed and we have to take it on the chin.

"[Jan] Oblak made some great saves, but we created so many chances to score, and obviously couldn't kill the game off."

Despite the loss, Henderson was pleased with the way his team played against an Atletico side prepared to sit deep and hit on the counter-attack.

"Obviously we're really disappointed," the midfielder said.

"I thought the performance overall was very good, the intensity was everything we spoke about before the game, we put it into the game, but we're disappointed with the goals we conceded."

Jordan Henderson will be fit to return when Liverpool face Atletico Madrid in the Champions League on Wednesday, manager Jurgen Klopp has confirmed.

Captain Henderson has not played since a hamstring injury meant he was substituted late in the first leg of the last-16 tie between the two teams on February 18, missing four subsequent matches.

The holders are 1-0 down in the tie going into the second leg at Anfield and Andy Robertson is also in contention after sitting out the match against Bournemouth last weekend.

Goalkeeper Alisson had already been ruled out due to a hip injury and is also likely to be absent for Monday's trip to Merseyside rivals Everton in the Premier League. 

"Hendo is ready," Klopp said of his skipper, who returned to training at Melwood on Sunday.

"What we do with that, I don't know – or maybe I know and I won't say."

Robertson was at Tuesday's news conference alongside Klopp and knew there was little margin for error against Diego Simeone's side.

"It's a knockout competition and if you are not at your best on the night then you go out," said the Scotland captain.

"We are thinking about the positives, giving 100 per cent. If we play the Liverpool way then we will walk off knowing we have given our all.

"Hopefully it can be another special Anfield night. When we get chances we need to take them because we are 1-0 down. We need a complete Liverpool performance.

"My ankle has felt good since the winter break. Obviously that week off helped. 

"On Friday I felt my hamstring. Obviously I thought I was fine but I missed out [against Bournemouth] as a precaution and then James Milner got man of the match!"

Jurgen Klopp says Liverpool feel "lucky" captain Jordan Henderson has only been ruled out for three weeks with a hamstring injury.

Henderson sustained the problem in Liverpool's Champions League last-16 first-leg defeat to Atletico Madrid in midweek.

However, rather than ruling the England international out of the run-in as Liverpool look to secure their first Premier League title and a second consecutive European crown, the relatively mild issue should see a return in mid-March.

Henderson, who is considered to be among the contenders to be named PFA Player of the Year, appears set to miss the second leg against Atletico at Anfield on March 11.

The Reds have favourable-looking league fixtures coming up against West Ham, on Monday, Watford and Bournemouth, although they also play Chelsea in the FA Cup and visit Merseyside rivals Everton immediately after the Atletico game. Henderson could well return for the derby.

"It could have been worse. We all know it was a hamstring thing," Klopp told a news conference of Henderson on Friday.

"There are a lot of different hamstring injuries around in the Premier League - Harry Kane, for example, stuff like that. It's not that bad.

"He will be out for three weeks or so, which is not cool. But how we see it is that we're lucky."

While Henderson's absence is a significant setback, Klopp feels Liverpool are well-stocked in midfield, although Xherdan Shaqiri is "not close to team training".

"Hopefully nothing else happens," the manager added. "Hendo is exceptionally important, not only football-wise but for some other reasons as well that hopefully everybody knows.

"Yes, we still have options there. That's good. There's a chance for all of them, but there would have been a chance anyway. Hendo would not have played all the games from now until the end of the season.

"It's a position where we can react, so we will react."

Liverpool have a 22-point lead at the top of the league with just 12 games remaining, but Klopp suggested he was not looking to rest players against West Ham in order to prevent further injuries.

"I could [make changes] because, apart from Hendo, all the other boys are fit," he said. "But Tuesday to Monday, there is absolutely no need to do it. That's longer than we usually have.

"We will see who will start and stuff like this, maybe there will be changes, but not because of the Atletico game."

Jurgen Klopp accused Atletico Madrid's players of deliberately attempting to get Sadio Mane sent off in Liverpool's 1-0 defeat at the Wanda Metropolitano.

Champions League holders Liverpool suffered just a fourth loss of the campaign in Tuesday's last-16 first leg after Saul Niguez's fourth-minute strike.

Klopp made the surprise decision to substitute Mane, the match-winner against Norwich City at the weekend, for Divock Origi at half-time.

Mane was cautioned for clashing with Sime Vrsaljko and Atleti's players pleaded with referee Szymon Marciniak to dismiss the Senegalese when he caught the same player with a flailing arm.

Klopp confirmed after the game the decision to replace Mane was not down to an injury concern, the forward having only recently returned from a hamstring injury.

"It's part of football, I don't like it, but the plan was to get Sadio out the game with a second yellow card," he said at his post-match news conference.

"I was a little afraid the opponent would go down even if Sadio had a deep breath. I didn't want that situation, that's why I took him off."

Klopp was also forced to replace skipper Jordan Henderson late on after he tweaked his hamstring, but the Liverpool boss downplayed the severity of the injury.

"Hendo felt something, unfortunately," he said. "We have to wait – he was not too concerned, but it was enough for him to go off."

Saul's strike came as a result of some poor defending from Liverpool, but the visitors felt they should have been awarded a throw-in in the lead up to the corner that Atletico scored from.

Klopp's men had 73 per cent of possession in the Spanish capital but failed to register a single attempt on target, with Mohamed Salah and Henderson coming closest to equalising.

"Would I have liked to have got the throw-in? Yes. That would have made our life easier," Klopp, himself shown a yellow card for dissent in the second half, told reporters. 

"Coming here and having 70 per cent possession is exceptional, our build-up was outstanding against a high-press team – it was next level, the best we have done for a long time. 

"The intensity was exactly how it should be, putting the opponent under pressure in the final third we were not clinical enough. We didn't have enough clear-cut chances. 

"We had chances but not enough. Staying in the game is development. We had games in atmospheres like this where we lost focus and they scored a second. That did not look like happening tonight. 

"It is 1-0 at half-time. We don't give up when it's 15 minutes half-time so why should we when we have three weeks? The second half will be played in a different stadium, our stadium, and you will feel that. We are looking forward to it.

"All Atletico fans who have a ticket for the game, welcome to Anfield."

Liverpool's match-winner Sadio Mane made the "perfect" return from injury at Norwich City - and now he looks primed to face Atletico Madrid in the Champions League.

Reds boss Jurgen Klopp was delighted with the impact of Mane, with the Senegal forward returning from his hamstring setback to strike a stunning late goal at Carrow Road.

A 1-0 win moved Liverpool 25 points clear of second-placed Manchester City, preserving their record of having dropped only two points all season in the Premier League.

Mane and James Milner both came off the bench after recent lay-offs to play their part in Liverpool's 25th win in 26 league outings this term.

Klopp said: "It helps when you have such quality on the bench to bring on."

Now Liverpool turn their focus to Tuesday's first leg of their Champions League last-16 tie, a trip to the Wanda Metropolitano to take on Diego Simeone's Atletico.

"Sadio could have started, of course," Klopp said, "but I wanted to have a free decision for Tuesday actually.

"I don't think too often and too much about these games, but when two players are back from injuries, like Sadio and Fabinho, you don't think they can play two games. [Don't think they] should play; can, yes, if you have to, but should play.

"And the quality of the other boys is just too big that you have to push somebody through. It was perfect for Sadio to get a few minutes. It looked like he was ready, yes."

Klopp stressed Liverpool's performance in windswept Norwich was not perfect and spoke of the team playing "two or three or four long balls too many".

"Obviously our midfield was sometimes surprised by the long balls of our centre-halves and just couldn't push up early enough or quick enough, so we didn't win the second balls and all these kind of things," Klopp said in his post-match news conference.

"You need to get used to circumstances and after 45 minutes we knew how it feels. More information from us at half-time and we could improve, that was obviously much better then second half.

"We had so many counter-press situations where we won the ball back, where we put them under pressure, kept them under pressure and scored a wonderful goal. That's it."

Liverpool captain Jordan Henderson set up Mane's winner with a long pass that the striker took down skilfully before turning and firing past Tim Krul.

Speaking to Liverpool's official website, Henderson said: "It was a fantastic run from Sadio, great touch and a great finish – fantastic goal from him.

"It's good that Sadio is back after his injury and he's straight on the scoresheet, so nice to have him back and nice to get the three points."

Henderson added: "We've got to recover quickly, we've got another big game in midweek against Atletico Madrid which will be another tough test, so we've just got to go there and do everything we can to get a good result."

Liverpool opened up a whopping 22-point lead over Manchester City at the top of the Premier League as four second-half goals saw them cruise past Southampton 4-0 at Anfield on Saturday.

The Reds were lucky to not be behind at the break after a chaotic first half, but normal service was resumed after the interval as they racked up a 16th consecutive top-flight triumph.

Merseyside rivals Everton, meanwhile, came from two goals down to edge past Watford 3-2 in a thrilling game at Vicarage Road.

Antonio Rudiger scored twice as Chelsea and Leicester City played out an entertaining 2-2 draw at the King Power Stadium, while there were wins for Sheffield United and Bournemouth over Crystal Palace and Aston Villa respectively.

Brighton and Hove Albion came from two goals down to draw 3-3 at West Ham, while bottom side Norwich City held Newcastle United to a goalless draw at St James' Park.

SALAH AT THE DOUBLE FOR RELENTLESS REDS

Mohamed Salah scored twice as runaway leaders Liverpool produced a second-half surge to seal a comprehensive victory over Southampton.

Jurgen Klopp's world champions secured a 24th win from 25 top-flight games this season, with Salah striking twice in the last 18 minutes.

Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain opened the scoring in the 47th minute against his former club, unleashing a low drive past Alex McCarthy, before Jordan Henderson doubled their lead on the hour mark.

RUDIGER HEADS BRACE IN LANDMARK MATCH

Rudiger marked his 100th appearance for Chelsea with an unlikely brace but Frank Lampard's side were unable to secure maximum points.

Chelsea went ahead a minute into the second half at the King Power Stadium when Rudiger nodded in Mason Mount's corner.

Their lead lasted less than 10 minutes, Harvey Barnes drawing Leicester level with the aid of a deflection off Reece James to give Willy Caballero - picked ahead of Kepa Arrizabalaga - no chance.

Ben Chilwell put the hosts ahead with a cool finish in the 64th minute, but the Blues claimed a share of the spoils to stay eight points behind third-placed Leicester when Rudiger headed home his second 19 minutes from time.

TOFFEES STING HORNETS WITH LATE STRIKE

Everton's Theo Walcott scored in the 90th minute to complete a remarkable turnaround against Watford.

Adam Masina and Roberto Pereyra had put the Hornets 2-0 up, but defender Yerry Mina scored twice in first-half stoppage time to haul Carlo Ancelotti's side level.

Everton's hopes of sealing all three points looked to be over when Fabian Delph was dismissed 13 minutes from time for two yellow cards, but Walcott steered home after a quick break to send the travelling faithful into raptures.  

Mohamed Salah scored twice as runaway leaders Liverpool produced a second-half surge to seal a comprehensive 4-0 victory over Southampton at Anfield on Saturday.

Jurgen Klopp's world champions racked up a 16th consecutive Premier League triumph - and 24th from 25 top-flight games this season - with Salah striking twice in the last 18 minutes.

Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain opened the scoring in the 47th minute against his former club, unleashing a low drive past Alex McCarthy, before Jordan Henderson doubled their lead on the hour mark.

Salah produced a sweet finish for his first in the 72nd minute and showed his composure again at the death to send the Reds 22 points clear of second-place Manchester City, who travel to Tottenham on Sunday.

 

Liverpool moved 16 points clear at the top of the Premier League after Roberto Firmino struck a late winner in a 2-1 defeat of Wolves at Molineux.

The Brazil striker's 10th goal of the season in all competitions six minutes from time was enough to seal a 22nd win from 23 league games this season for Jurgen Klopp's runaway leaders.

There was something of a setback for the visitors, though, who lost Sadio Mane to injury in the first half.

Jurgen Klopp's side had gone 725 minutes without conceding a goal in the top flight, stretching back to the 5-2 win over Everton in December, until Raul Jimenez cancelled out Jordan Henderson's opener.

It looked as though Wolves would be heading for what would have been a deserved point until Firmino fired home from inside the box, as Liverpool stretched their unbeaten league run to 40 matches.

Mohamed Salah joked that Liverpool beat Manchester United 2-0 on Sunday because he was back from injury.

Egypt international Salah missed the 1-1 draw between the teams at Old Trafford – the only Premier League game Liverpool have failed to win this season – due to an ankle injury.

In the build-up to the return match at Anfield, the 27-year-old cheekily suggested Jurgen Klopp's side had failed to come out on top because of his absence.

Liverpool moved 16 points clear of nearest rivals Manchester City, while still possessing a game in hand, after Salah latched onto a long ball from Alisson following a corner in second-half stoppage time, adding to Virgil van Dijk's opener in the 14th minute.

"As you can see today I get back from the injury so we won the game, so I'm very happy for the team now," Salah joked to Sky Sports. "We enjoy the moment and hopefully we finish like that.

"I got a pass from Alisson, no one else could get me the ball, but I'm very happy for the result, that's the most important thing."

Liverpool missed out on the Premier League title by a single point to City in 2018-19, with a defeat to Pep Guardiola's side in January 2019 shortly followed by a run of four draws in six league games.

Having missed out by such a narrow margin last term, Salah urged his team-mates not to take their foot off the gas. 

"I think we just need to focus on each game, we don't have to think now we've won the Premier League," Salah added.

"We have to keep it game by game, that's the only way we can win the Premier League. We struggled last season at the same time, so we have to keep calm and focus on each game."

Jordan Henderson, who saw a second-half shot tipped onto the post by David de Gea, felt Liverpool were good value for their 2-0 victory but also implored his team-mates not to get ahead of themselves.

"When it's 1-0 it's dangerous, we know that from the Spurs game. I feel as though we should've killed the game off earlier with the chances we had, but we kept going, defended well and managed to get the second in the end, which we deserved I think," said Henderson.

"We're not really thinking about the end again. Why should we change now? Why think about the end of the season? There's still a lot of games left.

"We've taken it by each game for a long time now and it's put us in good stead, so there's no need to change. For us as players it's the next game, the next challenge. United played well at times today but I felt as though we deserved the three points.

"At Liverpool there's always expectation to win and be successful and that hopefully won't change for a very long time."

Liverpool captain Jordan Henderson insisted he was unfazed about potentially breaking a record set by Arsenal's 'Invincibles'.

Jurgen Klopp's men continued their Premier League dominance with a comfortable 2-0 win over Sheffield United at Anfield on Thursday.

Liverpool are 13 points clear at the top, having won 19 and drawn one of their 20 league games this season, and are unbeaten in the Premier League since January 3 last year.

Nearing the record of 49 straight Premier League games unbeaten set by the Arsenal 'Invincibles', with Liverpool reaching 37, Henderson said it was not something he was worried about.

"I'm not really bothered about that, I'm bothered about the next game, the next challenge and not look too far ahead," he told BT Sport.

"Then, we'll see where that takes us come May."

Mohamed Salah and Sadio Mane scored in the win over Sheffield United, who managed just three shots against Liverpool.

But Henderson said his side, who host Everton in the FA Cup third round on Sunday, could still get better.

"I still think we can improve. Last 10-15 [minutes] they had a good chance so we can't afford to give teams them chances," he said.

"There's still room for improvement but overall I thought the boys were excellent, the intensity was really good, especially with the amount of games over the Christmas period like everyone.

"But we've coped really well and we need to recover well for the derby on Sunday."

Jordan Henderson's performance in Liverpool's 2-0 win over Sheffield United on Thursday left Jurgen Klopp thrilled, the German lauding him as "absolutely incredible".

Liverpool were comfortable winners at Anfield, with Mohamed Salah and Sadio Mane getting the goals in either half.

The victory allows Liverpool's unbeaten run to surpass a full year, as their most recent Premier League loss came on January 3, 2019 – they are next in top-flight action on January 11.

Yet, it was the performance of Henderson that provoked the most excitable response from Klopp in his post-match news conference.

The midfielder made four key passes, completed 92 per cent of his 131 passes and gained possession 12 times, seeing him continue a strong run of form.

"First of all, hopefully it stays like this," Klopp told reporters when asked about Henderson's recent performances.

"Yes, he's exceptional. Yes, he's outstanding. Gini [Georginio Wijnaldum] and Hendo [Henderson], because they had the biggest number of games, what they have played there is just incredible, absolutely incredible.

"I don't take that for granted one second. If anybody who is with us doesn't see the quality of Jordan Henderson, I can't help.

"Is Hendo the perfect player? No. Do I know anybody who is? No. Is he unbelievably important to us? Yes.

"He didn't like the position, number six, when he saw how good Fabinho is. I asked him, two or three weeks ago, when he played already exceptional in the position, 'You don't like the position, right?'

"He was laughing. Before that he played centre-half. I don't know exactly what Gareth Southgate [England manager] is now doing with him, which position he will play there, but there are a few options obviously.

"You see it in life, that character and mentality helps always and in this case especially. For me it's only difficult to speak about one person positively because I always feel I have to mention all the others as well. I don't take it for granted for one second."

Jordan Henderson clinched his status as the player with the most Premier League appearances in the 2010s when he lined up against Wolves on Sunday.

Liverpool's captain was selected in Jurgen Klopp's starting XI for the Anfield fixture, as the Reds looked to extend their lead at the top of the table.

It brought up a 308th appearance in the top flight since the start of 2010 for the 29-year-old, who made the move from Sunderland to Liverpool in 2011.

Team-mate James Milner, named as a substitute against Wolves, began the game with 306 Premier League appearances during this decade.

Watford goalkeeper Ben Foster has also played 306 Premier League games since January 1, 2010.

Liverpool captain Jordan Henderson is available for his side's clash with Wolves on Sunday, according to manager Jurgen Klopp.

England midfielder Henderson suffered a kick on the shin in Liverpool's 4-0 victory at Leicester City on Boxing Day but Klopp described the injury as "only pain" as he confirmed the Reds have no new fitness concerns for the visit of Nuno Espirito Santo's in-form side.

The runaway Premier League leaders played a full-strength side at King Power Stadium, with Henderson alongside Naby Keita and Georginio Wijnaldum in Klopp's midfield three, and the Liverpool boss said the same squad of players would be in contention against Wolves.

Assessing his players' recovery, Klopp told the club's official website his charges were "quite OK", adding: "The boys we had available should be available again.

"The only problem is that we are training later this afternoon so I still have to wait for all the information, that's how it is in this period. But it looks like they should be all fine."

Henderson has started 14 of Liverpool's 18 league games this season, scoring once in October's 2-1 victory over Tottenham.

James Milner and Adam Lallana could feature against Wolves should Klopp choose to rest his skipper, but when asked whether Henderson is fit to be involved the Liverpool manager replied: "Yeah, it's only pain!"

Jordan Henderson is keen for Liverpool to keep improving after winning the Club World Cup for the first time with a 1-0 victory over Flamengo in Doha.

Reds captain Henderson was in inspirational form as the Premier League leaders became world champions on Saturday, adding to their European crown from June courtesy of an extra-time Roberto Firmino strike.

Liverpool have become renowned for late goals under Jurgen Klopp, and it was no different on this occasion as Firmino netted in the 99th minute, having passed up big chances as early as 40 seconds in.

Henderson lauded his side, telling BBC Sport: "We have found a way for a long time now, some late goals.

"We just want to keep going, onto the next game, onto the next performance, keep improving. We keep our feet on the ground and keep working hard and keep putting in performances like that."

Assessing the final, in which Flamengo also threatened and should have equalised through substitute Lincoln, Henderson said: "It feels very good. It was an interesting game.

"I am sure it was interesting to watch, but we kept going, good performance and the mentality again shone through.

"We should have scored a couple more, but we defended really well. Overall, we're delighted with the result and the performance in difficult conditions.

"Fair play to the lads - they kept going right until the end and got the goal in extra time."

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