Jordan Henderson was unavailable for selection against Manchester United last Saturday, due to suffering a ‘dead leg’ in the final minutes of Liverpool’s Champions League match against Porto on 6 March 2018. His return to full time action against Watford yesterday marked his 200th appearance for Liverpool and while he was happy with the overall performance, in true Captain style he does not get carried away and always sees room for improvement. In his Liverpoolfc.com interview he said;
It was a great reaction from last week and we scored some really good goals. I still think at times we were a little bit sloppy, especially first half, we were giving the ball away a little bit too much in a five/10-minute period. But for the majority of the game I thought we controlled it really well and scored some fantastic goals and always looked dangerous going forward. It was important to bounce back [from] last week but also some other teams weren’t playing so it’s important to get three points on the board, especially before we go away on internationals.
Henderson had nothing but praise for the phenomenal Mohamed Salah and the contribution from our front three;
He’s [Salah] been fantastic and he was outstanding again. He’s scored some brilliant goals and his work-rate off the ball [was good] as well, like I keep saying. I thought it was a good team performance but he was outstanding. The front three [Mané, Firmino, Salah] have got a great relationship together and they’ve scored some fantastic goals. But, as I keep saying, it’s [also] the work-rate off the ball, the movement for each other to create the space and I think they do that fantastically well. And then it doesn’t matter who scores as long as we get the results.
Watford’s failure to get onto the scoresheet against the Reds marked the 13th clean sheet for Liverpool in 31 league fixtures. Hendo noted the defensive improvement the team has had this season and said:
It’s very important for us as a team and I thought we defended really well. There were a couple of last-ditch tackles toward the end from Joel [Matip] that were brilliant. We defended really well and we need to continue that if we’re going to achieve something this season.
Having reached 200 appearances in a Liverpool shirt last night, our captain is nothing but excited for the club’s future and looks forward to continuing his journey with Liverpool F.C. and ended his interview with this:
It has been some journey and I feel as though I always try to improve as a player. I feel as though we’re going in the right direction with a fantastic manager and I’m really excited for what the future holds. I just want to keep contributing to the team.
Up the Reds!