Sunday 4 December 2016

Another Liverpool player has recalled Jurgen Klopp's transformative half time team talk at Swansea

Tom Rooney

Published 02/10/2016 | 13:38

Liverpool's Jordan Henderson celebrates after the game . Action Images via Reuters / John
Liverpool's Jordan Henderson celebrates after the game . Action Images via Reuters / John

Echoing James Milner’s account, Liverpool captain Jordan Henderson has said that Jurgen Klopp was not a happy camper when his players arrived in the dressing rooms of the Liberty Stadium at half time a goal down to Swansea.

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We don’t know exactly what Jurgen Klopp told his players after they laboured through the first half against Swansea, but whatever it was, it certainly had the desired effect.

James Milner and Klopp both mentioned the word ‘mad’ during their post game interviews, so it’s highly unlikely that the German coach was particularly complimentary.

Nor should he have been. Liverpool were oddly lethargic for the first 45 minutes and thoroughly deserved to be behind at the turn due to Leroy Fer’s early goal.

At the break Klopp evidently let his players have it and they remerged with a familiar vigour.

Henderson, who provided the cross for Roberto Firmino’s headed equaliser nine minutes after the restart, said that Klopp had made his feelings clear in no uncertain terms during the interval.

“Obviously he had a few words to say because it wasn’t good enough, especially the first half an hour. The standards we’ve set, we just didn’t match them,” he told LFC.com

“We came in at half-time and he (Klopp) had a few words to say, but credit to the lads we responded and the second half we played well.”

Firmino’s goal, his third in the league this term, further galvanised the guests and their patented pressing and all round intensity returned in force. But Swansea, in desperate need of points, did not initially wilt under the onslaught.

“When we got the first goal we had a little bit of momentum behind us and we wanted to find the second goal,” Henderson explained.

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“We had a couple of good chances but just couldn’t find the net, but then we got the penalty and it was slotted home by Millie (Milner) which was brilliant. It was a brilliant three points for us.”

Six minutes from time, Firmino was dragged down by Angel Rangel and, from the subsequent penalty, James Milner made no mistake.

It was Milner’s third penalty in the space of two games, having scored a brace of them in the 5-1 drubbing of Hull, and Henderson lauded his teammate’s efficiency from the spot.

“He’s been brilliant so far (with the penalties), touch wood! He’s got nerves of steel really so hopefully he keeps on putting them in the back of the net.”

The 2-1 win was Liverpool’s fourth in a row in the league and leaves them in great stead going into the international break.

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