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Henderson says Reds kept the faith during Palace challenge

By Declan Warrington

Liverpool remained convinced they would win at Crystal Palace despite trailing at half-time and struggling to perform, according to their captain Jordan Henderson.

The Reds fell behind to Luka Milivojevic's penalty but hit back through Sadio Mane before Mohamed Salah's late winner.

Jurgen Klopp's team were under pressure not to lose ground in their ambition of beating rivals Manchester United to second place in the Premier League, but Henderson said: "We were still full of belief at half-time that we could turn things around and that showed in the second-half.

"We needed to move the the ball quicker, keep going, keep getting the ball into the box and creating chances because we know we can score goals.

"I didn't think we were at our best but when you are not playing at your best you've got to keep going and find a way, and I thought we did that brilliantly. We kept going in the second half and found a way to win."

Mane was fortunate to avoid a second booking for a blatant handball in the second-half and Palace's Martin Kelly felt his opponent should have been sent off.

"Anyone else on the pitch is given a yellow for that but it is what it is and we got the free-kick but in different circumstances it's a second yellow," he said.

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