Henderson: Top Four Within Reach

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He may be finding playing time hard to come by at Liverpool, but Jordan Henderson remains bullish when it comes to the club's prospects and Brendan Rodgers' philosophy.

Despite at times seeming on the fringes of Brendan Rodgers' Liverpool, midfielder Jordan Henderson today didn't show any reservations when speaking about how much more he enjoys playing in the new manager's system and of his belief that it will lead to better results for the club when everything's said and done.

"I was pleased when he arrived," said Henderson. "I had seen the way Swansea had played under him, and the philosophy that he had there. I think already, you can see that the way we are starting to play here now is similar. As players, it is a good style to be involved with because it lets you play. It has been a really good experience so far, and hopefully it can only get better."

Coming off a pair of strong performances captaining the England U21 side, and with Liverpool looking at a stretch of seven matches over the next four weeks starting on Saturday when Reading visit Anfield, it seems inevitable that the 22-year-old midfielder will see action in the coming weeks. Questions of playing time, though, are almost entirely out of Henderson's control.

When it's come to the things he can control—namely his performances and the things he says about the club, its chances, and his new manager—it's hard to find fault in the young midfielder.

"It is a very young team," he added, "but we aren't just looking at the future. This team and these players are ready now, and I think they have shown that over the last few weeks. The younger lads that have come through have been brilliant. Whenever they've played they have done really well. Hopefully they will keep working hard and keep improving themselves.

"I think the way that we are going, and with the quality that we have in the team, I don't think we will be too far away from the top four."

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