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Henderson: You Don’t Get Anything For Being Top In November

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Jordan Henderson is full of praise and realism after the club’s victory over Watford.

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The Reds have enjoyed quite a few decisive victories in the past few weeks, and Sunday they were able to check Watford at home off their list of obstacles with a stunning 6-1 win. Goals from Mané, Coutinho, Can, Firmino, and Wijnaldum gave the club the goals and points needed to go to the top of the table outright after Arsenal failed to defeat Tottenham earlier in the day. A worthy accomplishment to be sure, but captain Jordan Henderson was quick to offer words of temperance post-match.

“This is a very good team with very good players, but you don’t get anything for being top in November,” he said to the club website following the match on Sunday. “It’s just another game every week, like I keep saying – I know it’s boring and you keep hearing us say it, but it’s the truth. We’re just concentrating on each game as it comes, working very hard in training and then applying it at the weekend.”

Entering the November international break leading the league on points should be enough to push through the break, but the midfielder was keen to focus on the present and immediate future of the lads on the team - what they can control over what they cannot.

“We’ve just got to keep going with that mentality and keep working for each other. If we do that, we’ll be in a good position at the end of the season,” he continued. “There are a lot of teams up there. We’re just confident with the performances and the results – we need to keep the momentum going.

“In training there has been a very high level and we need to keep that going. The players that you don’t see playing, that are on the bench and in the squad, are very important to us because we work very hard in training as a group and they push each and every one of us in training.

“I think that’s really important throughout the season and that has been very good so far. We’ve just got to keep that going and keep putting on performances like that.”