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Three Liverpool stars talk us through their best goals of the season en route to the Champions League final

Jordan Henderson v AC Milan, Matchday 1
15 September 2021

Ismael Bennacer’s headed clearance from a Liverpool corner fell to Henderson, who didn’t hesitate in hitting a venomous half-volley from just outside the box.

When a ball comes at you like that, do you have time to think about it or does muscle memory take over?

With that one there wasn’t much time to think. The headed clearance came quite quickly so it was instinctive really. Thankfully, I caught it nicely.

Was that a technique you’ve worked on a lot in training?

Yeah, we work on many different techniques for when the ball comes out to the edge of the box, to be ready for the finish.

Did you know immediately that it was going in?

Yeah, when I hit it I knew it was in. It can be a difficult technique on the edge like that, but thankfully I caught it well and it went into the bottom corner.

What you score a goal like that, do you know how you’ll celebrate or do you just go with the flow?

I think you let the moment take you. Obviously things happen before the game or leading up to it, so that plays on your mind a little. But once it goes in you just do what comes naturally.

We have also asked Thiago about his goal against Porto. Whose was better?

Probably his. His was a bit higher if I remember correctly. Maybe he had more time to think, but Thiago’s technique is very nice and he comes across it a little more.

Thiago Alcántara v Porto, Matchday 5
24 November 2021

Porto’s clearance from a free-kick dropped to Thiago a long way out. But he made the sweetest connection on the half-volley, sending a missile into the bottom corner.

Talk us through that incredible goal.

First of all, we have to think positively that we have great guys who can deliver amazing balls into the box, but you have to be aware if something drops for you on the edge of the area. If it comes to you, you have to finish the situation – and I love to hit the ball with this kind of volley. Fortunately at the end it was a goal, so we were very happy.

And what is the most important part of executing that volley?

Well, you start off positioning yourself according to the ball’s flight, then the positioning of the other players. At the end you’re just focused on the ball – on how it is spinning, and how to balance your body to make sure the ball doesn’t go off target. You want to hit it hard because there is a great goalkeeper in front of you. You only have seconds – milliseconds – to think before finally going for it.

Did you know as soon as you hit it that it was going in?

Yeah, because when I hit it, and it passed through the first player, you can see me running to celebrate already. But you keep looking, because there is a high-quality keeper in goal. Thankfully the direction and the speed of the ball was enough.

Would you say this is your best goal ever?

One of the best, for sure.

What does scoring such a goal feel like? It must have been incredible.

Absolutely. I’m not a player who scores too often. I assist more and try and make the team play, so when I do it’s a special feeling. Scoring any goal gives you an amazing feeling but this kind of goal is even better.

Luis Diaz v Benfica, quarter-final first leg
5 April 2022



The perfect demonstration of the Colombian’s directness and pace, as he latched onto Naby Keïta’s through ball before rounding the keeper to finish.

Can you describe the goal and what it meant?

It was a key moment for us because it decided the match. We recovered the ball on the halfway line, Naby drove forward really well and then slipped it to me as I made a diagonal run. When I was in front of the goalkeeper, I dribbled past him and scored. It was incredible to score my first goal for Liverpool in the Champions League, and I was delighted to help the team secure such an important victory.

What went through your mind when you scored?

I was really happy in that moment – that was clear from the way I celebrated! I try to live in the moment as much as I can and it was spectacular, especially against an opponent that I know well.

Did it feel like you really announced yourself with that goal?

I was really eager to come to a big club like Liverpool. For me to arrive and settle in so well has been amazing. I always imagined myself doing these things, and I’m now fulfilling those my dreams. I’m really happy with it all.

Jordan Henderson v AC Milan, Matchday 1
15 September 2021

Ismael Bennacer’s headed clearance from a Liverpool corner fell to Henderson, who didn’t hesitate in hitting a venomous half-volley from just outside the box.

When a ball comes at you like that, do you have time to think about it or does muscle memory take over?

With that one there wasn’t much time to think. The headed clearance came quite quickly so it was instinctive really. Thankfully, I caught it nicely.

Was that a technique you’ve worked on a lot in training?

Yeah, we work on many different techniques for when the ball comes out to the edge of the box, to be ready for the finish.

Did you know immediately that it was going in?

Yeah, when I hit it I knew it was in. It can be a difficult technique on the edge like that, but thankfully I caught it well and it went into the bottom corner.

What you score a goal like that, do you know how you’ll celebrate or do you just go with the flow?

I think you let the moment take you. Obviously things happen before the game or leading up to it, so that plays on your mind a little. But once it goes in you just do what comes naturally.

We have also asked Thiago about his goal against Porto. Whose was better?

Probably his. His was a bit higher if I remember correctly. Maybe he had more time to think, but Thiago’s technique is very nice and he comes across it a little more.

Thiago Alcántara v Porto, Matchday 5
24 November 2021

Porto’s clearance from a free-kick dropped to Thiago a long way out. But he made the sweetest connection on the half-volley, sending a missile into the bottom corner.

Talk us through that incredible goal.

First of all, we have to think positively that we have great guys who can deliver amazing balls into the box, but you have to be aware if something drops for you on the edge of the area. If it comes to you, you have to finish the situation – and I love to hit the ball with this kind of volley. Fortunately at the end it was a goal, so we were very happy.

And what is the most important part of executing that volley?

Well, you start off positioning yourself according to the ball’s flight, then the positioning of the other players. At the end you’re just focused on the ball – on how it is spinning, and how to balance your body to make sure the ball doesn’t go off target. You want to hit it hard because there is a great goalkeeper in front of you. You only have seconds – milliseconds – to think before finally going for it.

Did you know as soon as you hit it that it was going in?

Yeah, because when I hit it, and it passed through the first player, you can see me running to celebrate already. But you keep looking, because there is a high-quality keeper in goal. Thankfully the direction and the speed of the ball was enough.

Would you say this is your best goal ever?

One of the best, for sure.

What does scoring such a goal feel like? It must have been incredible.

Absolutely. I’m not a player who scores too often. I assist more and try and make the team play, so when I do it’s a special feeling. Scoring any goal gives you an amazing feeling but this kind of goal is even better.

Luis Diaz v Benfica, quarter-final first leg
5 April 2022



The perfect demonstration of the Colombian’s directness and pace, as he latched onto Naby Keïta’s through ball before rounding the keeper to finish.

Can you describe the goal and what it meant?

It was a key moment for us because it decided the match. We recovered the ball on the halfway line, Naby drove forward really well and then slipped it to me as I made a diagonal run. When I was in front of the goalkeeper, I dribbled past him and scored. It was incredible to score my first goal for Liverpool in the Champions League, and I was delighted to help the team secure such an important victory.

What went through your mind when you scored?

I was really happy in that moment – that was clear from the way I celebrated! I try to live in the moment as much as I can and it was spectacular, especially against an opponent that I know well.

Did it feel like you really announced yourself with that goal?

I was really eager to come to a big club like Liverpool. For me to arrive and settle in so well has been amazing. I always imagined myself doing these things, and I’m now fulfilling those my dreams. I’m really happy with it all.

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Jordan Henderson v AC Milan, Matchday 1
15 September 2021

Ismael Bennacer’s headed clearance from a Liverpool corner fell to Henderson, who didn’t hesitate in hitting a venomous half-volley from just outside the box.

When a ball comes at you like that, do you have time to think about it or does muscle memory take over?

With that one there wasn’t much time to think. The headed clearance came quite quickly so it was instinctive really. Thankfully, I caught it nicely.

Was that a technique you’ve worked on a lot in training?

Yeah, we work on many different techniques for when the ball comes out to the edge of the box, to be ready for the finish.

Did you know immediately that it was going in?

Yeah, when I hit it I knew it was in. It can be a difficult technique on the edge like that, but thankfully I caught it well and it went into the bottom corner.

What you score a goal like that, do you know how you’ll celebrate or do you just go with the flow?

I think you let the moment take you. Obviously things happen before the game or leading up to it, so that plays on your mind a little. But once it goes in you just do what comes naturally.

We have also asked Thiago about his goal against Porto. Whose was better?

Probably his. His was a bit higher if I remember correctly. Maybe he had more time to think, but Thiago’s technique is very nice and he comes across it a little more.

Thiago Alcántara v Porto, Matchday 5
24 November 2021

Porto’s clearance from a free-kick dropped to Thiago a long way out. But he made the sweetest connection on the half-volley, sending a missile into the bottom corner.

Talk us through that incredible goal.

First of all, we have to think positively that we have great guys who can deliver amazing balls into the box, but you have to be aware if something drops for you on the edge of the area. If it comes to you, you have to finish the situation – and I love to hit the ball with this kind of volley. Fortunately at the end it was a goal, so we were very happy.

And what is the most important part of executing that volley?

Well, you start off positioning yourself according to the ball’s flight, then the positioning of the other players. At the end you’re just focused on the ball – on how it is spinning, and how to balance your body to make sure the ball doesn’t go off target. You want to hit it hard because there is a great goalkeeper in front of you. You only have seconds – milliseconds – to think before finally going for it.

Did you know as soon as you hit it that it was going in?

Yeah, because when I hit it, and it passed through the first player, you can see me running to celebrate already. But you keep looking, because there is a high-quality keeper in goal. Thankfully the direction and the speed of the ball was enough.

Would you say this is your best goal ever?

One of the best, for sure.

What does scoring such a goal feel like? It must have been incredible.

Absolutely. I’m not a player who scores too often. I assist more and try and make the team play, so when I do it’s a special feeling. Scoring any goal gives you an amazing feeling but this kind of goal is even better.

Luis Diaz v Benfica, quarter-final first leg
5 April 2022



The perfect demonstration of the Colombian’s directness and pace, as he latched onto Naby Keïta’s through ball before rounding the keeper to finish.

Can you describe the goal and what it meant?

It was a key moment for us because it decided the match. We recovered the ball on the halfway line, Naby drove forward really well and then slipped it to me as I made a diagonal run. When I was in front of the goalkeeper, I dribbled past him and scored. It was incredible to score my first goal for Liverpool in the Champions League, and I was delighted to help the team secure such an important victory.

What went through your mind when you scored?

I was really happy in that moment – that was clear from the way I celebrated! I try to live in the moment as much as I can and it was spectacular, especially against an opponent that I know well.

Did it feel like you really announced yourself with that goal?

I was really eager to come to a big club like Liverpool. For me to arrive and settle in so well has been amazing. I always imagined myself doing these things, and I’m now fulfilling those my dreams. I’m really happy with it all.

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Three Liverpool stars talk us through their best goals of the season en route to the Champions League final

Jordan Henderson v AC Milan, Matchday 1
15 September 2021

Ismael Bennacer’s headed clearance from a Liverpool corner fell to Henderson, who didn’t hesitate in hitting a venomous half-volley from just outside the box.

When a ball comes at you like that, do you have time to think about it or does muscle memory take over?

With that one there wasn’t much time to think. The headed clearance came quite quickly so it was instinctive really. Thankfully, I caught it nicely.

Was that a technique you’ve worked on a lot in training?

Yeah, we work on many different techniques for when the ball comes out to the edge of the box, to be ready for the finish.

Did you know immediately that it was going in?

Yeah, when I hit it I knew it was in. It can be a difficult technique on the edge like that, but thankfully I caught it well and it went into the bottom corner.

What you score a goal like that, do you know how you’ll celebrate or do you just go with the flow?

I think you let the moment take you. Obviously things happen before the game or leading up to it, so that plays on your mind a little. But once it goes in you just do what comes naturally.

We have also asked Thiago about his goal against Porto. Whose was better?

Probably his. His was a bit higher if I remember correctly. Maybe he had more time to think, but Thiago’s technique is very nice and he comes across it a little more.

Thiago Alcántara v Porto, Matchday 5
24 November 2021

Porto’s clearance from a free-kick dropped to Thiago a long way out. But he made the sweetest connection on the half-volley, sending a missile into the bottom corner.

Talk us through that incredible goal.

First of all, we have to think positively that we have great guys who can deliver amazing balls into the box, but you have to be aware if something drops for you on the edge of the area. If it comes to you, you have to finish the situation – and I love to hit the ball with this kind of volley. Fortunately at the end it was a goal, so we were very happy.

And what is the most important part of executing that volley?

Well, you start off positioning yourself according to the ball’s flight, then the positioning of the other players. At the end you’re just focused on the ball – on how it is spinning, and how to balance your body to make sure the ball doesn’t go off target. You want to hit it hard because there is a great goalkeeper in front of you. You only have seconds – milliseconds – to think before finally going for it.

Did you know as soon as you hit it that it was going in?

Yeah, because when I hit it, and it passed through the first player, you can see me running to celebrate already. But you keep looking, because there is a high-quality keeper in goal. Thankfully the direction and the speed of the ball was enough.

Would you say this is your best goal ever?

One of the best, for sure.

What does scoring such a goal feel like? It must have been incredible.

Absolutely. I’m not a player who scores too often. I assist more and try and make the team play, so when I do it’s a special feeling. Scoring any goal gives you an amazing feeling but this kind of goal is even better.

Luis Diaz v Benfica, quarter-final first leg
5 April 2022



The perfect demonstration of the Colombian’s directness and pace, as he latched onto Naby Keïta’s through ball before rounding the keeper to finish.

Can you describe the goal and what it meant?

It was a key moment for us because it decided the match. We recovered the ball on the halfway line, Naby drove forward really well and then slipped it to me as I made a diagonal run. When I was in front of the goalkeeper, I dribbled past him and scored. It was incredible to score my first goal for Liverpool in the Champions League, and I was delighted to help the team secure such an important victory.

What went through your mind when you scored?

I was really happy in that moment – that was clear from the way I celebrated! I try to live in the moment as much as I can and it was spectacular, especially against an opponent that I know well.

Did it feel like you really announced yourself with that goal?

I was really eager to come to a big club like Liverpool. For me to arrive and settle in so well has been amazing. I always imagined myself doing these things, and I’m now fulfilling those my dreams. I’m really happy with it all.

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Jordan Henderson v AC Milan, Matchday 1
15 September 2021

Ismael Bennacer’s headed clearance from a Liverpool corner fell to Henderson, who didn’t hesitate in hitting a venomous half-volley from just outside the box.

When a ball comes at you like that, do you have time to think about it or does muscle memory take over?

With that one there wasn’t much time to think. The headed clearance came quite quickly so it was instinctive really. Thankfully, I caught it nicely.

Was that a technique you’ve worked on a lot in training?

Yeah, we work on many different techniques for when the ball comes out to the edge of the box, to be ready for the finish.

Did you know immediately that it was going in?

Yeah, when I hit it I knew it was in. It can be a difficult technique on the edge like that, but thankfully I caught it well and it went into the bottom corner.

What you score a goal like that, do you know how you’ll celebrate or do you just go with the flow?

I think you let the moment take you. Obviously things happen before the game or leading up to it, so that plays on your mind a little. But once it goes in you just do what comes naturally.

We have also asked Thiago about his goal against Porto. Whose was better?

Probably his. His was a bit higher if I remember correctly. Maybe he had more time to think, but Thiago’s technique is very nice and he comes across it a little more.

Thiago Alcántara v Porto, Matchday 5
24 November 2021

Porto’s clearance from a free-kick dropped to Thiago a long way out. But he made the sweetest connection on the half-volley, sending a missile into the bottom corner.

Talk us through that incredible goal.

First of all, we have to think positively that we have great guys who can deliver amazing balls into the box, but you have to be aware if something drops for you on the edge of the area. If it comes to you, you have to finish the situation – and I love to hit the ball with this kind of volley. Fortunately at the end it was a goal, so we were very happy.

And what is the most important part of executing that volley?

Well, you start off positioning yourself according to the ball’s flight, then the positioning of the other players. At the end you’re just focused on the ball – on how it is spinning, and how to balance your body to make sure the ball doesn’t go off target. You want to hit it hard because there is a great goalkeeper in front of you. You only have seconds – milliseconds – to think before finally going for it.

Did you know as soon as you hit it that it was going in?

Yeah, because when I hit it, and it passed through the first player, you can see me running to celebrate already. But you keep looking, because there is a high-quality keeper in goal. Thankfully the direction and the speed of the ball was enough.

Would you say this is your best goal ever?

One of the best, for sure.

What does scoring such a goal feel like? It must have been incredible.

Absolutely. I’m not a player who scores too often. I assist more and try and make the team play, so when I do it’s a special feeling. Scoring any goal gives you an amazing feeling but this kind of goal is even better.

Luis Diaz v Benfica, quarter-final first leg
5 April 2022



The perfect demonstration of the Colombian’s directness and pace, as he latched onto Naby Keïta’s through ball before rounding the keeper to finish.

Can you describe the goal and what it meant?

It was a key moment for us because it decided the match. We recovered the ball on the halfway line, Naby drove forward really well and then slipped it to me as I made a diagonal run. When I was in front of the goalkeeper, I dribbled past him and scored. It was incredible to score my first goal for Liverpool in the Champions League, and I was delighted to help the team secure such an important victory.

What went through your mind when you scored?

I was really happy in that moment – that was clear from the way I celebrated! I try to live in the moment as much as I can and it was spectacular, especially against an opponent that I know well.

Did it feel like you really announced yourself with that goal?

I was really eager to come to a big club like Liverpool. For me to arrive and settle in so well has been amazing. I always imagined myself doing these things, and I’m now fulfilling those my dreams. I’m really happy with it all.

Read the full story
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Jordan Henderson v AC Milan, Matchday 1
15 September 2021

Ismael Bennacer’s headed clearance from a Liverpool corner fell to Henderson, who didn’t hesitate in hitting a venomous half-volley from just outside the box.

When a ball comes at you like that, do you have time to think about it or does muscle memory take over?

With that one there wasn’t much time to think. The headed clearance came quite quickly so it was instinctive really. Thankfully, I caught it nicely.

Was that a technique you’ve worked on a lot in training?

Yeah, we work on many different techniques for when the ball comes out to the edge of the box, to be ready for the finish.

Did you know immediately that it was going in?

Yeah, when I hit it I knew it was in. It can be a difficult technique on the edge like that, but thankfully I caught it well and it went into the bottom corner.

What you score a goal like that, do you know how you’ll celebrate or do you just go with the flow?

I think you let the moment take you. Obviously things happen before the game or leading up to it, so that plays on your mind a little. But once it goes in you just do what comes naturally.

We have also asked Thiago about his goal against Porto. Whose was better?

Probably his. His was a bit higher if I remember correctly. Maybe he had more time to think, but Thiago’s technique is very nice and he comes across it a little more.

Thiago Alcántara v Porto, Matchday 5
24 November 2021

Porto’s clearance from a free-kick dropped to Thiago a long way out. But he made the sweetest connection on the half-volley, sending a missile into the bottom corner.

Talk us through that incredible goal.

First of all, we have to think positively that we have great guys who can deliver amazing balls into the box, but you have to be aware if something drops for you on the edge of the area. If it comes to you, you have to finish the situation – and I love to hit the ball with this kind of volley. Fortunately at the end it was a goal, so we were very happy.

And what is the most important part of executing that volley?

Well, you start off positioning yourself according to the ball’s flight, then the positioning of the other players. At the end you’re just focused on the ball – on how it is spinning, and how to balance your body to make sure the ball doesn’t go off target. You want to hit it hard because there is a great goalkeeper in front of you. You only have seconds – milliseconds – to think before finally going for it.

Did you know as soon as you hit it that it was going in?

Yeah, because when I hit it, and it passed through the first player, you can see me running to celebrate already. But you keep looking, because there is a high-quality keeper in goal. Thankfully the direction and the speed of the ball was enough.

Would you say this is your best goal ever?

One of the best, for sure.

What does scoring such a goal feel like? It must have been incredible.

Absolutely. I’m not a player who scores too often. I assist more and try and make the team play, so when I do it’s a special feeling. Scoring any goal gives you an amazing feeling but this kind of goal is even better.

Luis Diaz v Benfica, quarter-final first leg
5 April 2022



The perfect demonstration of the Colombian’s directness and pace, as he latched onto Naby Keïta’s through ball before rounding the keeper to finish.

Can you describe the goal and what it meant?

It was a key moment for us because it decided the match. We recovered the ball on the halfway line, Naby drove forward really well and then slipped it to me as I made a diagonal run. When I was in front of the goalkeeper, I dribbled past him and scored. It was incredible to score my first goal for Liverpool in the Champions League, and I was delighted to help the team secure such an important victory.

What went through your mind when you scored?

I was really happy in that moment – that was clear from the way I celebrated! I try to live in the moment as much as I can and it was spectacular, especially against an opponent that I know well.

Did it feel like you really announced yourself with that goal?

I was really eager to come to a big club like Liverpool. For me to arrive and settle in so well has been amazing. I always imagined myself doing these things, and I’m now fulfilling those my dreams. I’m really happy with it all.

Penalty Pedigree

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