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Hendo on his new advanced role for Liverpool

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Jordan Henderson has disclosed the content of the chat with Jürgen Klopp that landed him in the advanced role in the last two matches.

Henderson backed up his display against Southampton with a solid performance in Liverpool’s 2-0 victory over Porto in Tuesday’s Champions League quarter-final at Anfield.

Following his cameo performance at St Mary’s, that resulted in the winning goal, Klopp confirmed he had a chat with his skipper about switching positions.

And Henderson explained via LFC.TV: “Me and the gaffer just had a conversation.

“Obviously he saw the England games. I felt good playing in that position. I felt more natural and it was something he said he would think about.

“I can do both positions and he sees I can do both. It’s basically what he wants and needs. I felt more comfortable and natural in that position for England, creating chances further up and doing what I enjoy doing. At the same time when I played No.6, I felt I’ve learned that position really well.

SOUTHAMPTON, ENGLAND – APRIL 05: Jordan Henderson of Liverpool celebrates with team mates after scoring their team’s third goal during the Premier League match between Southampton FC and Liverpool FC at St Mary’s Stadium on April 05, 2019 in Southampton, United Kingdom. (Photo by Mike Hewitt/Getty Images)

“I don’t think the manager had thought about it too much until I mentioned it to him… the manager might not have seen me in that position too much. It’s all about putting the team first, I know that, but at the same time, I want to contribute as much as I can. I feel as though I can do that more in a position further forward.”

The Reds will switch focus to the Premier League chase when they welcome Chelsea to Anfield on Sunday before travelling to Porto to complete the tie.