Jordan Henderson believed Liverpool showed their fighting spirit during last night’s tense 2-1 victory over Sunderland at Anfield.
The Reds have been used to dispatching teams with relative ease on their home patch this term, but last night proved more difficult as the Black Cats set up a tense finish with a late header from Ki Sung-Yeung.
A first half free kick from Steven Gerrard and a deflected effort from Daniel Sturridge put the Reds in a commanding 2-0 lead shortly after half time, but a combination of missed chances and slack defending set up a grandstand finale.
But the Reds managed to hold on for a crucial three points that took them within a point of league leaders Chelsea, and Henderson believes the fighting spirit was there for all to see against his former club.
“It was a very important victory,” Henderson told Liverpoolfc.com.
“We knew it was going to be a big victory if we got it and we knew Sunderland were coming to make it difficult, which they did.
“I thought we dominated the game first half. We had a lot of possession. In the second half, I think we started well, got the goal and we were probably a little bit too comfortable at times and we were maybe a little bit sloppy on the ball.
“But the togetherness is there, we all get on really well. We’ll all fight for each other – I think you can see that on the pitch.
“We’re very demanding of each other and we want to help each other out. So if we just keep doing that and keep working hard, then our ability will come through.”