Captain Jordan Henderson talks in the official matchday programme about the team’s aims for the last run of 12 games in this season. After a miserable January and only-slightly-less miserable February, Liverpool have fallen to fifth in the league. Now the race is on to make it into the top four by the end of the season.
Henderson discusses how frustrating it’s been without European football and that returning to the Champion’s League is the team’s goal for the season.
“This evening is important because of where we are in terms of the league table and what is at stake with Champions League and European football qualification,” he said.
“The players never need reminding about this and there is no doubting the commitment and desire within our dressing room to be involved in it. We know it’s important to the club and to the supporters, but people shouldn’t underestimate how much passion the players have for achieving this.
“I’ve hated Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday nights this season when other Premier League clubs have had big Euro matches and we’ve had to watch at home on the TV. People have said at times during this season that not playing in Europe is an advantage in the league.
“Well if it is, it’s an advantage I don’t ever want to have again because we want to qualify each and every season. I’m sure the Arsenal players feel exactly the same, wanting to have those big nights, playing against the best and creating big moments and memories.”
There’s still plenty of games left, but Liverpool have to significantly up their game if they want to claw their way back up the table. Tonight’s game against Arsenal, a top four competitor, will be a good place to start, but they also need to win against the lower teams, which has been their problem this season.