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Henderson explains why it’s not all doom and gloom for Liverpool after defeat

Jordan Henderson defiantly insisted Liverpool could still take positives despite Manchester City blowing a hole in their title defence.

City’s 4-1 win at Anfield on Sunday sent them five points clear at the top of the Premier League – but it opened up a 10-point gap over the reigning champions.

The rivals had been locked at 1-1 after a Mohamed Salah penalty had cancelled out Ilkay Gundogan’s opener.

But a Phil Foden-inspired City capitalised on a disastrous spell for Reds keeper Alisson, whose uncharacteristic errors led to Gundogan’s second strike and a headed goal for Raheem Sterling.

Foden then added the gloss with a superb strike past Alisson late on.

Ilkay Gundogan celebrates scoring City’s second goal after a blunder from Alisson

But Liverpool skipper Henderson said Jurgen Klopp’s side could be pleased with their performance on the whole, after a dip in form recently.

“Very disappointed with the result of course,” Henderson told Sky Sports, via the BBC. “I don’t think the end result reflected the performance to be honest but we made mistakes and got punished.

“We competed well – this was more like the performance we are used to but like I say mistakes at the wrong moments cost us.”

Liverpool’s defeat was their second in a row at Anfield after they were beaten by Brighton in midweek – having now lost three of their last four at their previously impenetrable fortress.

Jordan Henderson said the Reds had improved on recent displays despite defeat

Their poor recent form has left them stuck in fourth place and facing a huge task to overhaul Pep Guardiola’s side – especially as City have a game in hand over all their title rivals.

But Henderson insists he and his team-mates are not looking at the table and will simply focus on their next game – which is away to third-placed Leicester on Saturday.

“It is hard to take now but in football you have to move on quickly,” said the 30-year-old. “We need to use this week to prepare the best we can for a tough game with Leicester.

“Yes, the result is very disappointing when you look at the scoreline but I felt large parts of the performance was more like us.

“I didn’t think we deserved to lose by that much but we made costly errors.

“We don’t look at the league table, just concentrate on the next game and try and win every game we can, whether you are on top or fourth or fifth.”

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