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Turf Moor win proves Liverpool can handle pressure, says Henderson

Turf Moor win proves Liverpool can handle pressure, says Henderson
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The Reds came a goal down to beat Burnley 3-1.

Liverpool captain Jordan Henderson believes the players have proved they have the attitude and flexibility to cope under pressure.

Jurgen Klopp's side came through a tough, bruising examination at Burnley after going a goal behind early in the second half to set a new club record for the most points gained (39) from the opening 15 matches of a league season.

It was achieved with seven changes to the starting line-up, including striker Divock Origi making his first league start since May 2017, midfielder Naby Keita his first since mid-September and Alberto Moreno only his fourth appearance of the campaign.

"We're delighted with the three points. I was really pleased with the reaction to going 1-0 behind," said the England international.

"That's really pleasing for us as a squad, especially with all of the changes. The lads that have come in, have done a great job and it shows how good the squad is.

"We're going to need everyone over the next few months because the games come thick and fast. We need everyone to play their part.

"We knew Burnley were an aggressive team and they've got some good players. They want to win.

"Of course, there's a couple of tackles that could have gone either way but they've managed to get the ball and that makes all the difference but I thought we reacted well.

"We kept playing the ball. If you lose your head you can pick up cards. The focus was brilliant in terms of maintaining control and creating chances."

After a tricky start to his Liverpool career, Keita finally showed why the club paid £53million for him and were willing to wait a year for his delayed arrival from RB Leipzig with a commanding performance going forward from midfield, something which has been lacking this season.

Henderson, back in the side after suspension, was delighted to see the Guinea international rediscover his form.

"I thought he started (the season) really well and then got an injury which set him back a little bit but I thought he was outstanding," he added.

"You can see how good he is on the ball, how comfortable he is; driving the ball forward, which is important for us.

"I think he'll go from strength to strength as he gets more games and experience but I think you can already see he's a fantastic player."


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TeamPWDLFAGDPTS
1Liverpool1613303462842
2Manchester CityMan City1613214593641
3Tottenham HotspurSpurs16120430161436
4Chelsea16104233132034
5Arsenal16104235201534
6Manchester UnitedMan Utd167542826226
7Everton166642319424
8Bournemouth167272526-123
9Leicester CityLeicester166462120122
10Wolverhampton WanderersWolves166461719-222
11West Ham UnitedWest Ham166372325-221
12Watford166372023-321
13Brighton & Hove AlbionBrighton166371922-321
14Cardiff CityCardiff1642101530-1514
15Newcastle UnitedNewcastle163491322-913
16Crystal Palace1633101323-1012
17Burnley1633101532-1712
18Huddersfield TownHuddersfield1624101027-1710
19Southampton161691330-179
20Fulham1623111640-249

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