Saturday 26 May 2018

'We never do it the easy way' - Jordan Henderson gives his verdict on Liverpool’s dramatic semi-final win

Soccer Football - Champions League Semi Final Second Leg - AS Roma v Liverpool - Stadio Olimpico, Rome, Italy - May 2, 2018 Liverpool's Jordan Henderson celebrates after the match REUTERS/Max Rossi
Soccer Football - Champions League Semi Final Second Leg - AS Roma v Liverpool - Stadio Olimpico, Rome, Italy - May 2, 2018 Liverpool's Jordan Henderson celebrates after the match REUTERS/Max Rossi
Kevin Palmer

Kevin Palmer

Liverpool captain Jordan Henderson admitted his side made hard work of their Champions League semi-final second leg against Roma, after a dramatic 7-6 aggregate win.

A 4-2 defeat in Rome saw Liverpool edge into the final against Real Madrid in Kiev, with Henderson conceding their defensive flaws were on display at the Stadio Olympico.

"We never do it the easy way unfortunately," stated Henderson. "It was an amazing effort. In the first half we did well and scored some good goals.

"Overall we handled the situation well apart from the last 10 minutes. We need to stop that but I’m delighted we’re in the final.

"We knew it was important to score and get one early on. We were unlucky with their first goal but overall we have to be happy with what we have done over the two legs. We could have done better in this game but we’ve made it through to the final.

"We have another important game on the weekend against Chelsea and then we have Real Madrid in the final. We will go there with confidence."

Gini Wijnaldum looked forward to the final against Real Madrid, and admitted a win against the side trying to win the trophy for a third successive year would be a glorious achievement.

"It will be a nice game against Real Madrid," said the midfielder. "If you want to win the Champions League you have to beat any team. They have lots of good players but so do we. So it will be a good match."

Liverpool defender Andy Robertson hailed his side’s win in the semi-final, as he insisted the run to the Champions League final was evidence of huge progress for Klopp’s die.

"What a thing to be involved in," said Robertson. "Credit to all the lads, we've come through every challenge we've been set. We'll have a great day in Kiev whatever the result.

"First and foremost, you need to remember you're defending the lead and if you do you're in the final. They threw everything at us and we've done brilliant.

"Last season we were fighting for our lives at Hull, now I feel like I'm at home. I'll certainly enjoy Kiev.

"We'll enjoy this tonight and think about that game another day. We'll go in as underdogs but sometimes that can be a good thing."

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