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Liverpool midfielder Jordan Henderson celebrates with teammates after scoring against Swansea in their English Premier League game, 23 February. Reuters

Jordan Henderson was brilliant for Liverpool against Swansea on Sunday, driving his team on, berating his teammates for any lack of concentration, and then, most importantly, popping up with a couple of goals just when his team needed it the most.

Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers would have thanked the all-action midfielder at the final whistle as well, with Henderson scoring the winner in a thrilling 4-3 victory over Swansea.

"Jordan showed great leadership today," Rodgers said after the narrow victory on Sunday which kept Liverpool just four points behind leaders Chelsea. "You could see him driving the team on.

"His first goal was an outstanding goal. We've been talking to him about getting up there [into the penalty area], because in training his finishing is sublime. He practises and he works at it.

"But what was really pleasing for me was his second goal. We've been telling him to get into the box and arrive in there, because he's got the energy and the legs to do that.

"The thing I always say to the midfield players, those advanced ones is, 'can you get inside the six-yard box?' People always talk about getting into the penalty area, and I always try and get them to get inside the six-yard box. And that's where his goal has come from.

"It was a terrific reaction save from Michel Vorm from his first effort on goal and then he's followed in and kept going and got his finish and that was a really important goal for us. He was outstanding today."

Liverpool took a 2-0 lead courtesy goals from Daniel Sturridge and Henderson, an absolute peach, before former Red Jonjo Shelvey and Wilfried Bony, with his first away league goal for Swansea, made it 2-2 in the blink of an eye.

However, Liverpool took a 3-2 lead into halftime courtesy another Sturridge goal, before Bony restored parity from the penalty spot with less than three minutes played in the second half.

Henderson then decided the match with an opportunistic strike, latching onto a rebound from Luis Suarez's initial shot to slot home past Vorm at the second time of asking.

"It was an excellent three points for us," former Swansea manager Rodgers said. "Yet again the offensive side of our game was very good to get four goals. It was a very good win against an outstanding team.

"We have probably been spoiled here at Anfield, to be honest. People will walk away and think: 'We're normally winning by three or four at half-time' -- the game is over and everyone is sat comfortably and enjoying it.

"Today we had to fight. Swansea drew in the week and should have beaten Napoli with an outstanding performance. They have come here and demonstrated that they are a good side. This was a much more difficult game than it would have been three weeks ago, because of what Garry Monk has done with the team. He's made them aggressive, got them fighting, he's got them pressing, working and passing it the way they can play - it's crisper and sharper.

"He has organised them really well. The game was going to be a really difficult game for us. We take great pride in the character today, the quality of our goals and that determination to get the job done. It's a wonderful sequence that we've had here and we aim to keep that going."

In one aspect the game was pretty much what fans have come to expect from Liverpool at Anfield - plenty of goals and all the attacking verve that has made this Reds side so enjoyable to watch this season.

At the other end, however, Liverpool showed their issues at the back, giving away three goals, with Swansea looking threatening on quite a few occasions.

"I'm not overly happy with our defending today, to be honest," Rodgers added. "It's not coaching; some of the things that we have conceded goals in, you can't coach that.

"There's a feeling when you're in the game of how to defend. You have to use that experience to be able to defend properly. I've always said that since I've been here. Today we had moments in the game that we weren't so good at.

"I'll focus on the other side -- our character to keep going. We were 2-0 up. We got pulled back to 2-2. But we kept going. I thought two of the goals were probably soft."