Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Henderson Happy after Hopes of a Win Almost Went to Pot; LIVERPOOL4 STOKE CITY 1

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Henderson Happy after Hopes of a Win Almost Went to Pot; LIVERPOOL4 STOKE CITY 1

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LIVERPOOL skipper Jordan Henderson was impressed with the way his side weathered an early storm from Stoke during their 4-1 Premier League victory at Anfield last night.

The visitors, who included former Reds striker Peter Crouch in their starting line-up, troubled the Liverpool defence early on and were rewarded when Simon Mignolet failed to keep out Jon Walters' nearpost header in the 12th minute. But Liverpool gradually came back into the game and led at half-time courtesy of goals from Adam Lallana and Roberto Firmino.

An own goal from Giannelli Imbula and a smart finish from substitute Daniel Sturridge after the interval ensured Liverpool moved back into second place in the table, six points behind leaders Chelsea.

Henderson said afterwards: "Early on they put us under some pressure and we struggled to deal with the long ball, and the flick-on, in the first 15 minutes and they got the goal.

"But we adapted well towards the end of the first half, dealt with it better, then second half we dealt with it well. The start wasn't great, but, after the goal, I thought we dominated again and scored some good goals."

With title rivals Chelsea, Manchester City and Arsenal all winning on Monday, the pressure was on Jurgen Klopp's side to keep up with the pace. But Sunderland-born Henderson is not worried about other results, adding: "It doesn't matter about anyone else, it just matters on what we do and we are just focussed on what we need to do.

"Every week is a different challenge for us and today was another big test that we coped with well."

Manager Klopp echoed Henderson's sentiments, stressing there is still a long way to go in the title race.

"We are really focused on our own way," the German said. "Of course we watch football all we can and know the other results, but this is not the moment of the season.

"If Chelsea win all the games then they will be champions. They will deserve it, that is absolutely okay.

"We have to fight for each point and, as you saw tonight, we won 4-1, but how difficult was it? …

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