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Henderson Happy with Everton Performance, Optimistic About Basel Visit

Liverpool may have only taken one point against Everton on the weekend, but Jordan Henderson thinks that the way the team is finally coming together is the most important takeaway from the game.

Alex Livesey

Despite not putting away as many chances as they perhaps should have, Liverpool were the better side in Saturday's Liverpool derby versus Everton and were unfortunate to have come away from the match with only a single point to their name. There was no stopping a Phil Jagielka wonder strike in the dying minutes of the game, but newly minted vice captain Jordan Henderson was pleased overall by his club's efforts.

"It's disappointing," Henderson said about the result. "The performance was very good, back to the level we expect. The intensity was good all over the pitch, we worked hard, we were more fluent going forward and we made chances as well. And also we defended really well throughout the game so that was pleasing.

"We did quite a lot of work during the week on defending and I think we showed just how well we can defend, so that needs to be the case from now on. Then with the goal, there's not much you can do about that, it's a great strike."

Liverpool nearly had their second clean sheet of the season, and while keeping the match scoreless for Everton would have been a nice boost for Simon Mignolet and the defensive line, the sheer improbability of Jagielka's goal shouldn't take away from the marked improvement by the back four.

Next up is Liverpool's first away match in the Champions League, which will see them pay a visit to exotic Switzerland and FC Basel. It's the club's first taste of midweek continental travel in nearly two years, but Henderson thinks the display versus Everton will be enough to see them through a busy fixture list.

"I don't think it'll affect us because the performance level was very good," Henderson explained. "We've got to take the positives out of that. The goal was in the top corner so we've just got to keep going and keep playing like that. If we keep putting in performances like that we'll win more than we don't."

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