Date: 24th October 2014 at 11:03am
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Jordan Henderson has given his verdict on Liverpool’s 0-3 defeat to Real Madrid on Wednesday night, whilst insisting the Reds dressing room was unaware Mario Balotelli had swapped shirts with defender Pepe at half time.

Henderson said: “It hasn’t been discussed in the dressing room.

“I don’t think anyone knew he had even done it. It’s certainly the first I’ve heard of it.”

The Reds found themselves 0-3 down at the interval to the reigning European champions, but improved to keep the score down in the second half.

Henderson added: “This Real Madrid team is top class with the best players in the world but that’s who you want to be playing against and testing yourself, always trying to improve ourselves as a team.

“That’s where we want to get to – to be a top team like Madrid playing at the highest level and I think we can do that.

“The first 20 minutes I felt as though we had a right good go and got in behind them a couple of times.

“We had a couple of half-chances to get a goal and then you never know but we just need to be a bit more ruthless in the final third.

“When you are on top you need to put your chances away.

“Hopefully we can keep improving and work on the things we didn’t do quite so well.”