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Liverpool captain Henderson: We were brilliant; we're used to Cup finals

Liverpool captain Jordan Henderson hailed his teammates after victory at Southampton on Tuesday night.

Saints were ahead through Nathan Redmond before the Reds struck via Joel Matip and Takumi Minamino for the 2-1 Liverpool win.

Henderson said, "The aim was to take it to the end. We knew it would be difficult. A lot of changes. The lads were brilliant. They kept going right to the end and got the reward.

"We've done that really well all season, the lads who haven't played as much as they'd like took their opportunity. You need everyone in a Premier League season.

"We're so used to it. We're constantly in cup finals every game. It's normal. You get on with it. We can all celebrate or relax at the end of the season after the Champions League final.

"It's always tough. City never drop points really. Now and again a few of us do [watch their games]. The way they play it's never nice [to see as a rival], put the kids channels on. We really kicked on from January and gave it everything. In January if you said it would go to the last game we'd have taken that. We were quite far off. You have to give credit to the lads.

"The cup final gave us a boost to get over the line. We've used the whole squad. The energy levels were really good tonight. The lads are at home resting for the weekend. Hopefully they'll be fresh on Sunday."

On needing a result elsewhere on the final day, he added: "It's hard to focus on the game. We've learned from that experience [three years ago]. We'll concentrate on what we need to do [and hope] Villa do us a favour."

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