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Klopp hails ‘brilliant player’ Henderson after Porto win

Jurgen Klopp has hailed Jordan Henderson as a ‘brilliant player’ after Liverpool’s 2-0 win over Porto at Anfield.

Liverpool took command of their Champions League quarter-final tie on Tuesday night, with goals from Naby Keita and Roberto Firmino giving them a two-goal advantage to take into the second leg in Portugal next week.

Klopp reserved special praise for captain Henderson, hailing the 28-year-old after he shone in an unfamiliar advanced role.

‘It would be cool if I could ask a player, ‘Please, play these kind of passes’ and we score immediately with that. Hendo is a brilliant player and I am really happy that he can show that, that he can show it again,” Klopp told his post-match press conference.

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‘He obviously likes the position and so it was my fault that for one and half years he was in position No.6… sorry for that! But we needed him there. It was a really good performance.

‘The second goal was brilliant and he had the cross for Sadio’s goal as well, and if it was an inch offside it was still a brilliant cross. Brilliant play and I liked it.

‘There were a lot of good performances tonight, it was really mature again against a difficult side, I have to say, because they were always ready for the counter-attack and it made it quite uncomfortable. We’ve played the first game, we know more about each other, so now we go there and play again.’