Liverpool captain Jordan Henderson insists European occasions at Anfield are not something Reds' players will ever take for granted.
Liverpool will host Atletico Madrid in the return leg of the last 16 of the Champions League having lost by a solitary goal in the first leg. Henderson wasn't part of the team that beat Bournemouth 2-1 and the midfielder admits watching his side go within six points of clinching the Premier League enabled him to soak in the sights and sounds around Anfield from a different perspective.
"Being a supporter on Saturday, I made a point of properly soaking in the feeling around Anfield in those final few minutes and seconds and in particular what was happening on the Kop. It made me realize why it’s so important," Henderson wrote in his column for the official matchday programme.
"It was genuinely incredible to look at with all the colours and flags and the noise was unreal. It looked and sounded amazing. I know I’ve mentioned Spion Kop 1906 in these notes previously, but the work they do and the effort they put in is always worth highlighting because it makes such a positive impact. They, more than anyone, are responsible for making the feeling so raw and authentic."
"I saw on social media that they had 50 new flags made for the Bournemouth game and, from a player’s point of view, the Kop looked better than ever. I don’t know if you’ve noticed, but if you watch our players just before we assemble for kick-off, most have a proper look at the Kop and try to take a moment to take it all in."
Jurgen Klopp's side would need to register a 2-0 win in order to advance to the last 8 stages.