The Reds captain believes his side’s remarkable campaign is caused by a mindset change implemented when the German took over in 2015.
Jurgen Klopp has made never giving up a part of Liverpool’s identity, according to captain Jordan Henderson.
Liverpool were on course to cruise to a first league title in 30 years this year, but the coronavirus pandemic has thrown the effort to flux.
The Reds hold a 25-point edge over defending Premier League champions Manchester City and Henderson believes their ability to battle before the end key for their magnificent haul of 82 points from 29 games.
England global Henderson considers the enhanced resilience is down to a long-term mindset change Klopp started attempting to implement after taking over in 2015.
“That type of mentality and that resilience in us, especially this year, has been massive concerning the games we have won,” Henderson said on Sky Sports News.
“I feel like that is something that the manager really started to instil in the squad when he first came.
“When he first arrived, I will remember him talking about not stopping and finishing or altering your mentality in a game.
“You always conclude, you constantly keep going regardless of what happens inside a game, regardless of what score it’s, right before the very end, as you don’t know what can happen in football and you will need to keep the same mindset and keep going right until the end. I can always keep in mind that right from the very start.”
Henderson highlighted a 4-3 second-leg victory over Borussia Dortmund at Anfield at the 2015-16 Europa League quarter-finals, where Liverpool came back from 3-1 down, as an example of this mindset.
He continued:”If I look back through the time he has been here and you look at games such as Dortmund at the Europa League, coming back as we did in that match, and small games in the Premier League people may not really pick up, but if you return I think it was a progression over a couple of years and not only 1 season.
“I think this year has been massive concerning the consistency of it, but I truly feel like that was a work in progress and it is now a part of our identity really, that regardless of what happens inside the game we never stop and we never change the mindset before the game’s ended.”