Liverpool captain Jordan Henderson has praised fellow midfielder Naby Keita for what he saw as an ‘outstanding’ performance against Burnley last night.
Keita made his first start since October 3 and was one of the stand-out players on the pitch, driving the Reds forward from the middle of the park.
And his captain was eager to highlight the Guinean international’s impact on the game, in which the No.8 had a rasping shot tipped against the woodwork by goalkeeper Joe Hart and another back-heeled effort cleared off the line.
“He started the season brilliantly and obviously then getting an injury set him back a little bit. But you can see how good a player he is,” Henderson told Liverpoolfc.com.
“That shot with the left foot and the save from Hart was fantastic. In his overall play he is comfortable on the ball and he helps build up play from the back.
“He drives the ball forward, which is big for us. I thought he was outstanding, along with everybody else really.”
The result saw Liverpool close the gap on Manchester City yet again after the league leaders had briefly pulled away, but Henderson insists his side are focused solely on their own performances.
“We are not really interested in City, to be honest, because there is a long way to go,” he explained. “We know how good they are, we expect them to win.
“We just expect ourselves to win games and perform to the level that we have been – and if we do that we can keep winning. But we just focus on game by game and it doesn’t really matter about anybody else.
“The games are coming thick and fast, a lot of games in a short space of time but we showed we can use the squad and still perform to the level we know we are capable of and win games – and that’s a big plus for us.”
Henderson agreed with the comments of his manager that Liverpool improved after the break after Klopp made a tactical tweak to his side.
“I felt as though we had control of the game for large parts of it,” Henderson said.
“It’s a tough place to come, they make it difficult and we knew that, but I thought we dealt with it really well and played some good stuff.
“In the first half we didn’t create too much, we changed it a little bit at half-time in terms of tactically and I think it worked.
“I thought Studge and Shaq were getting on the ball a lot more and caused them problems, so we are just delighted with the three points.”