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Jordan Henderson credits Jurgen Klopp mentality for Liverpool success

Jordan Henderson credits Jurgen Klopp mentality for Liverpool success
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The England midfielder says Jurgen Klopp has changed the players' mentality during matches.

Liverpool captain Jordan Henderson believes the 'never say die' attitude instilled by boss Jurgen Klopp is an essential part of the team's identity.

The Reds were 25 points clear at the top of the Premier League when the programme was halted by the coronavirus pandemic.

Henderson told Sky Sports News: "I feel as though that's something the manager started to instil in the squad when he first came, right from the beginning.

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Jordan Henderson says Jurgen Klopp strengthened Liverpool's mentality (PA).

"I can remember him talking about never stopping and changing our mentality in a game. Always keep going, no matter what the score, right to the very end."

Henderson cited the fightback from 3-1 down to win a Champions League match against Klopp's former club, Borussia Dortmund, 4-3 in 2016.

The midfielder continued: "Look at games like Dortmund, coming back like we did, and little games in the Premier League that people might not have picked up on.

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Dejan Lovren's goal capped Liverpool's comeback from 3-1 down against Borussia Dortmund (PA)

"I think it's a progression over a few years. This season has been massive, the consistency of it, it's part of our identity that no matter what happens in a game we never stop and change our mentality until the game's finished."

Henderson added that players are training and in touch with each other during the current coronavirus pandemic.

He explained: "We've been given our own programme to do, to keep things ticking over. And we're staying in contact."

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ATHLETICS
· There are no Brits in the women's 100m hurdles final, but Puerto Rico's Jasmine Camacho-Quinn, fresh from breaking the Olympic record in the semis, will hope to pip world record holder Kendra Harrison to gold (3.50am)
· The women's 5000m final also has no Team GB representation, but two-time world champion Hellen Obiri of Kenya will be looking to add an Olympic gold to her list of honours (1.40pm)

SAILING
· The women's skiff 49er FX (6.33am) and men's skiff 49er (7.33am) come to their conclusion, with Team GB involved in both medal races

FOOTBALL
· A place in the women's gold medal match is up for grabs, starting with an all-North American semi-final between United States and Canada (9am)
· Australia, who edged past Team GB's in a seven-goal quarter-final thriller, take on Sweden in the second semi-final (12pm)

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