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Special goal a lift for Liverpool's Henderson

By Cark Markham

Liverpool captain Jordan Henderson dedicated his first goal of the season to his family in memory of his grandmother who died last week.

The Reds captain's first thought having swept home to open the scoring in the 2-2 draw at home to West Brom was to celebrate with Adam Lallana, the team-mate who had provided the knockdown.

But once the initial rush had subsided, the 26-year-old blew a kiss to the skies and raised both arms in tribute.

"It has been a difficult time for my family of late so that was for them," Henderson, making his first league start since August 17 after foot problems, said.

"It is nice to be playing, being on the pitch and contributing to the team. It was disappointing it wasn't a win but I thought the performance was good at times.

"We started really well but we should be finishing games off and that is what we have to improve on. But we kept going and managed to get an equaliser late on and I thought we were going to get a winner but we couldn't get the ball over the line.

"I think that is a real positive we can take. Even though we went 2-1 down we kept going and that is what you have to do."

Liverpool, who were drawn against Augsburg in the last-32 of the Europa League, and their fallibility at set-pieces were exposed by West Brom who scored with their only two efforts on target, both coming from corners.

Henderson accepts it is an area which has to improve.

"We need to make sure we defend set-plays better," he added. "We need to work on it and improve because it's cost us."

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