Liverpool captain Jordan Henderson slammed a stunning late winning goal at Anfield against AC Milan in their Champions League group stage encounter on Wednesday

As Milan failed to clear the ball from a corner, Henderson sweetly struck a half-volley from just outside the area that rocketed into the bottom left corner of the net in the 69th minute to help Liverpool seal a come-from-behind 3-2 win against the Rossoneri on their return to Champions League football.

Henderson, whose first Champions League goal in seven years secured victory, knows they have to cut out the errors manager Jurgen Klopp who had the most priceless reaction to the English midfielder’s winner.

“It was a bit of a roller coaster and I’m sure it was very good to watch as a neutral,” said the midfielder.

“I thought for the majority of the game our performance level was really good, obviously we had a spell towards the end of the first half, the last 10 to 15 minutes, where we weren’t quite at it and we were a little bit sloppy and we got punished with two goals.

“I think the performance level for 70-75 minutes was very good and we just need to learn about that 10 to 15-minute spell and make sure that doesn’t happen too often otherwise you’ll get punished at this level.

“Yeah, we made hard work of the game but you’ve got to give credit to Milan. They’re a good side, good players.

“But I thought the boys reacted so well in the second half. We kept going, kept fighting and managed to find a couple of goals to win the game, so overall (I’m) delighted with the result.”

Klopp made four changes from Sunday’s win over Leeds and, although Van Dijk’s absence was significant, so was that of Sadio Mane, who was also rested as Divock Origi received a surprise first start since January having not featured in the manager’s last three squads.

The Belgium international, who scored in the semi-final and final when Liverpool won the Champions League in 2019, put in a performance which offered hope he could still have a part to play despite his previous limited pitch-time and his manager intends to utilise the striker despite him seemingly falling out of favour over the last 18 months.

“In 10 years’ time when we look back he will be a Liverpool legend, but he is too young to be already seen as a legend now so he has to play football,” said Klopp.

Mohamed Salah makes it 2-2 against AC Milan in the Champions League tie at Anfield.(
Mohamed Salah makes it 2-2 against AC Milan in the Champions League tie at Anfield.(Liverpool FC/Twitter)

“To be 100% honest I thought he would maybe leave in the summer, but the football world is a crazy place and people obviously forgot how good he is.

“It is really difficult to get into this team. That’s just how it is and I have to decide about different positions, who I bring on, how I want to react before a game.

“That’s why Div was not in, he did nothing wrong. He trains, he gives everything and sometimes you still don’t make it into the squad.

“That really can happen, especially when everybody is fit. But he was the right player to do it and he did really well.

“I’m really happy I could give him the opportunity and that he used it as he did.”

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