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Henderson Provides Pre-West Ham Encouragement

And it looks like the lads were paying attention.

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Liverpool FC v West Ham United - Premier League Photo by Robbie Jay Barratt - AMA/Getty Images

Liverpool left it late on Monday with their come from behind win against David Moyes’ West Ham. Finding themselves behind despite controlling large parts of the match, Liverpool fans couldn’t help but worry about a little bit of a swoon given that it also follows after a match in the Champions League against Atletico Madrid where the Reds were throttled and managed to lose the match.

Given that Liverpool also lost the use of captain Jordan Henderson due to a hamstring injury in that Madrid match, you couldn’t fault Liverpool fans for being a bit worried when, with about 30 minutes left in the match, the club was down 2-1. We all know, though, that the lads came out on top once more and it looks like Henderson, though not being on the pitch, might be able to lay a little bit of claim to those points.

That's because the skipper gave lengthy comments about the disappointment of that loss to Atletico Madrid placed in the match program for the West Ham match. Here’s some of what he said.

“Losing in Madrid was disappointing, bitterly disappointing. But perspective is important and so is not over-inflating it. Truth is, the tie is only at half-time, so there’s a long way to go. But the other truth is that we need to draw a line immediately as that return leg isn’t until next month and we have lots of work and challenges before then. Our mantra has been, for a long time: focus on the next game and only the next game. That’s what we’ll do.”

The captain’s words were incredibly prescient - especially given that in those same comments, he noted that West Ham would likely provide some challenge for Liverpool on the night. Thankfully, the parts about Liverpool finding their focus and turning in a performance to keep their record-setting pace afloat also came true.

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