Jordan Henderson admits Liverpool played for pride against Real Madrid

Henderson was substituted in the 60th minute as Liverpool slumped to a footballing lesson from Real.

Liverpool midfielder Jordan Henderson admitted that the side were playing for a bit of pride in the second half as Real Madrid went 3-0 up before half time at Anfield last night.

A wonderful goal from Cristiano Ronaldo before Karim Benzema twice capitalised on some sloppy defending from the Reds left the European Champions in complete control at Anfield, and of Group B.

Henderson is quoted in the Liverpool Echo, saying: “After half-time we were playing for a bit of pride.

“We knew if we got a goal we could try to get back in the game. In the second half we were better. We had a few chances but couldn’t put them away.

“We just need to be a bit more ruthless in the final third.”

The lack of end product certainly seems to be a worry for the Reds without Daniel Sturridge at the moment, and Mario Balotelli failing to live to the promise, with the Italian becoming more and more of a maligned figure at the club.

The Reds are now level on points with Basel and Ludogorets in the group at the halfway stage with qualification possible if the Reds beat both of their close rivals on Matchday's five and six, with the Reds facing a trip to Bernabeu in just under two weeks' time. 

Henderson was substituted around the hour mark along with Philippe Coutinho as Rodgers looked to keep players fresh for the visit of Hull City in the Premier League on Saturday, with the Reds determined to bounce back from the disappointment with their third consecutive league win this season.

The question that will be answered when the two sides meet again in Madrid in 12 days time will be if Liverpool have learned anything from their loss to Madrid, and if they can salvage something from the game at the Bernabeu. If they did, it could be a huge boost for their qualification hopes.

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