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Liverpool captain Henderson: Southgate helped convince Klopp about new role

Liverpool captain Jordan Henderson has revealed how a one-on-one chat with manager Jurgen Klopp inspired his performance in victory over Champions League opponents Porto.

Henderson explained it was his form for England in the number eight role which persuaded the Reds boss he wasn't just a holding midfielder.

“When we had the conversation I felt that I could speak my mind," he said.

“I felt I could play further forward in that role. When I spoke to the manager it was (to say) that I do feel more natural in that position. Obviously he saw the England games, I felt natural in the England games playing in that position, (and) he said he would think about it."

Henderson explained that the developing of Fabinho in the number six role helped him realise he needed more options in his game...even if going in to talk to Klopp didn't come easily.

“It's difficult to do that, it's hard. For me as a captain and as a player at this football club, I always put the team first," he explained.

“In the last couple of years there hasn't really been a player like Fabinho in that (no.6) role so I've had to adapt to that role. I think I've learned the position really well.

“But I think if you look at Fab, it's quite natural to him, that's his position and he's so good at what you need to do in that position.

“I just thought that might give me a bit more licence to get forward. I can do both positions and he sees that I can do both. It's another string to my bow - I'm enjoying playing and trying to contribute higher up the pitch in the final third."

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