Monday , July 26 2021

Hendo: Palace wins huge – But we have to improve.

Jordan Henderson insisted Liverpool have to improve their performance against Crystal Palace but have comforted themselves from three important points in the Premier League title race.

The Reds emerged victorious from a frantic and confused clash against Anfield on Saturday by 4-3 – having lost 1-0, being downgraded 2-2 and suffered in the 95th minute.

On the day, victory was the highest priority, but Henderson cut the relief after the game to warn that his team should have lessons in how the game unfolded.

"This is [a huge win]. Every game is massive. There are three important points again, "the captain told

"It was a difficult game and not what we would like in terms of performance – we can be much better at controlling [the match].

"Let's look at the game to see what we did not too, but overall we have to rejoice over the outcome.

"You're not going to play as well as you like in every game, so when you're not flying or playing the best you can, it's important to find a way to win and continue to the end – and we can do it."

Mohamed Salah started a remarkable second half with a close shot to equalize Andros Townsend's inaugural goal to the Eagles.

The number 11 also took advantage of an error by Julian Speroni to score Liverpool's third goal – a goal that lifted his half-century in the Premier League in his 72nd.

Egypt's compatriots Roberto Firmino and Sadio Mane were on the scoresheet also on a day when the Red's firepower, instead of defensive resistance, proved the difference.

"It causes nightmares of defenders in every game. Once again, it was brilliant, "said Henderson of Salah.

"There are still good things to come out of this, but there is still a lot to be improved. But it's the Premier League, it's difficult and you need to improve the results – that's what we did.

"We wanted to start in the second half, what we did, and still be patient with the ball and try to keep them moving.

"It was a great start for us, but we are definitely disappointed with the ball that they scored to get back to the level."

"But again, we show a great character to go on and find a way. It will be a great victory, of course, but we still need to improve. "

The team of Jürgen Klopp is no longer in action until Leicester City visit Anfield on January 30.

And with Trent Alexander-Arnold and Georginio Wijnaldum being the latest to beat, and Fabinho leaving late against the Palace, the captain hopes the interval will be beneficial.

"We have some blows and bruises on the team, so they have a chance to try to recover and get in shape again. We will need everyone in the next few months, "he added.

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