Soccer-Liverpools Henderson credits Fabinho for helping to unlock attacking instinct – Yahoo Sports

Soccer-Liverpool\s Henderson credits Fabinho for helping to unlock attacking instinct - Yahoo Sports
Liverpool 2-0 Chelsea: Premier League – as it happened
Henderson has been deployed mainly as a defensive midfielder to shield the back four since Juergen Klopp took charge of the club, but the 28-year-old has impressed since switching to the right of Liverpools midfield trio.

He came off the bench to score the final goal in their 3-1 Premier League victory over Southampton last week and helped to create the second in their 2-0 Champions League quarter-final first-leg win over Porto on Tuesday.

“But City, they are there as well. [Liverpool] are a fantastic team to watch, I think the manager is great, they have players who are some of the best in the world, so its going to be a good game, a hard one, but its always hard at Anfield. But we are Chelsea, we can beat anyone, so we will see.

“Previously when I played at number six, we didnt have a defensive midfielder where that was a natural part of his game,” Henderson told Sky Sports.

“Its not just about me. The club has to be in the Champions League. We miss the Champions League this season, so for the fans, for the board, for the players, the staff, this club has to be in the Champions League every year.

(Video) – Fabinhos epic early tackle on Hazard gets Anfield on its feet

“Now we do, with the likes of Fabinho, who Id say is a natural six. You can see hes played there for a long time, whos suited in that role.

“Thats the reason why I think the manager now feels I can play slightly more advanced and in the last couple of games hes given me that opportunity.”

However, Henderson said he was willing to curb his attacking instincts if the team needed him to during the home stretch of the season as Liverpool look to end a 29-year drought for an English league title.

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Liverpool, who lead the table by two points having played one game more than second-placed Manchester City, host third-placed Chelsea on Sunday.

Eden Hazard has applauded Liverpools “fantastic” form heading into Sundays clash with Chelsea at Anfield, but says the Blues “dont care” if the Reds beat Manchester City in the title race.

“Its totally about the team, and whatever the manager thinks is best and needs in certain games well just try to do it on game day,” Henderson said.

As Hazard alluded to, Chelsea are the midst of a battle to secure a Champions League spot next season and three points on Sunday would see them move back above Tottenham and into third place.

“Its been good to have contributed in the last couple of games of course but its about winning more importantly.” (Reporting by Shrivathsa Sridhar in Bengaluru; editing by Clare Fallon)

“We want to win because we want to finish in the top four. We dont care about who can win the title between City and Liverpool, we want to go there and try to win the game for ourselves.”

An awesome goal from Mo Salah ensured an ultimately comfortable victory for Liverpool, who blew Chelsea away at the start of the second half

Liverpools Mohamed Salah celebrates scoring their second goal. Photograph: Phil Noble/Reuters Rob Smyth

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What did the manager say at half-time? I cant tell you that! I thought there was a period when we blew them away a bit, but then they had a couple of good chances. Overall its a good performance because Chelsea are a good side. Ive moved a little bit further forward in the last few weeks, which Ive enjoyed. Its really big for us to be in the title race. Weve got a few big games coming up, and were enjoying it.

What happened five years ago didnt matter today. It was a totally different game, totally different circumstances, and we are very happy with the three points. We managed to put Chelsea under pressure and they didnt play their usual game at times, so all credit to us. We just focus on our games, not City. Well see, well see.

Chelsea have aspirations of the top four, and simply winning every game they play, which makes Sundays match between these two a big one (even though every game is a big game, take it one game at a time, we go again etc). 

Liverpools remaining games are Cardiff (A), Huddersfield (H), Newcastle (A) and Wolves (H). They should win all four; if they do, Manchester City will have no margin for error. There has never been such a relentless title race in English football.

Exactly 49.8 per cent of Chelseas attacks were focused on the left side during the previous meeting of…

Liverpool go back to the top of the table and get another tricky fixture out of the way. They blew Chelsea away at the start of the second half, when Sadio Mane and Mo Salah scored in the space of three minutes. Salahs howitzer went into Anfield folklore even before it hit the net.

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Chelsea did plenty of good things, but they picked the wrong team and then Eden Hazard missed two excellent chances to make it 2-1 and give Anfield the heebie-jeebies. Its a big blow to their hopes of finishing in the top four.

In their last three games, top in the Premier League and one in the Europa League, Chelsea have scored six times and conceded none. Both the youngsters were rested for the Slavia Prague game, which could mean they’ve successfully graduated from the mid-week European team to the league XI.

Juergen Klopp celebrates after Liverpools 2-0 victory. Photograph: Phil Noble/Reuters Updated at 6.27pm BST

89 min An electric bit of play from Mane, who roars past Christensen and smacks a rising shot that is pawed behind by Kepa. Before the corner is taken, Xherdan Shaqiri comes on to replace Mo Salah, whose memorable heatseeker ensured victory for Liverpool.

Mohamed Salah is another who is coming back into his good form. His goal against the Saints was a real throwback to his confident finishing from last season, and a confident Salah is so difficult to deal with.

87 min Kepa comes out of his area to meet an up and under from van Dijk, makes a Horlicks of his attempted clearance under pressure from Mane, and is a bit fortunate to see the ball drift behind for a goalkick.

However, the Blues have also found a little bit of form of late – which largely coincides with the introduction of English dream team Ruben Loftus-Cheek and Callum Hudson-Odoi to the side.

86 min Chelseas race is run. They have played better today than during those pitiful defeats at Spurs, Arsenal and Manchester City, but they couldnt cope when Liverpool increased the tempo for 10 minutes at the start of the second half. That has been the difference.

Eden Hazard has also been turning it on – how can you forget his strike against West Ham – but one man who will relish stopping Hazard in his tracks is Fabinho.

Yes, Jamie Carragher made the same comparison on Sky. I suppose Salahs was a more spectacular finish, because of the way it rose into the top corner, but I prefer Fowlers goal overall because of the skill that preceded it.

81 min All this talk of Liverpool fans being somehow different, says Niall Mullen, is not really dampening my sense of Liverpool exceptionalism.

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80 min A stinging shot on the turn by Firmino is well held by the diving Kepa. Chelsea scraper down the other end, where Hazards ball into the six-yard area is kicked behind by Alexander-Arnold.

76 min A substitution apiece. Ross Barkley replaces the disappointing Ruben Loftus-Cheek, and James Milner comes on for the excellent Jordan Henderson.

74 min Liverpool are playing on the counter-attack now, which makes sense in the circumstances. Salah leads a four-on-three break and finds Henderson, whose cross from the byline is over the head of Mane at the far post.

71 min Alexander-Arnold, still on the left after taking a corner, Cruyff turns sweetly past Higuain before driving a low shot straight at Kepa. I have no idea what position hell end up in, because he has such ability. Hes almost too good to be a full-back, even in a post-Pep world.

70 min Matt Dony not really on the point I think – United, Chelsea fans etc during their better years were nowhere near the righteous levels of Liverpool fans in their barren years, says Andrew Hurley. This feeling of being superior fans is unsettling, as it implies something not right to need to want to be seen by others in such a light. The question is though – why does it bother everyone else!?! 🙂

68 min Liverpool have started to calm the game down after that madcap 10 minutes, when they were almost too emotional to function.

67 min David Dein, with the sentiments I expected in answer to Andrew Hurleys question, says Matt Dony. Its a line of reasoning Ive heard a lot recently. I can only assume that no one remembers meeting a United fan during the peak Fergie years. Insufferable barely scratches the surface. And, yes, I freely admit I will be a tiny, tiny bit smug if Liverpool win the league. But, no more so than, say, Chelsea fans who suddenly appeared during Joses first stint. Anyway, its all moot. Liverpool winning today will just make the final day, when City confirm the title, even more sickening.

64 min In answer to David Dein, just this, begins Hubert OHearn. Piers Morgan. Now, you were saying something about insufferable fans?

63 min Its all Chelsea at the moment. What a strange game. If Chelsea get one, it will be squeaky-bum time in excelsis.

62 min If Liverpool do win the league opposition fans are convinced that we are going to be a nightmare, says Niall Mullen. I will be a nightmare. Im gonna come around all your houses, steal your shoes and make you sit an exam for which youre completely unprepared.

61 min After a cagey first half, this is turning into a slugfest. Azpilicueta breaks into the area and slides a ball right across the six-yard box. It was begging to be finished.

60 min: Another great chance for Hazard! Willian had loads of space on the right and curled a superb ball into the middle. Hazard got behind the defence and dragged a first-time shot that was smartly saved by the diving Alisson. He didnt quite get hold of it, though it was a difficult ball to take first time because it bounced just in front of him.

Hazard shoots, buts its saved by Alisson. Photograph: Lee Smith/Action Images via Reuters Updated at 5.54pm BST

59 min: Hazard hits the post! A Chelsea corner was cleared to the halfway line, where Emerson drove a speculative ball back over the top. Hazard, who was just onside, took the ball down beautifully on the run and slipped it through the outrushing Alissons legs – but it bounced off the face of the near post.

59 min As a Gooner I can tell you why so many, myself included, do not want Liverpool to win the league, says David Dein. I have nothing but the utmost respect for the clubs achievements, they were absolutely fantastic throughout the 70s and 80s. An absolute joy to watch. Their fanbase, however, are insufferable. The idea of millions of gloating Scousers with zero sense of perspective does not bear thinking about. Come on Chelsea!

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