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Jordan Henderson Wants Revenge For Heartbreaking 2014 Defeat

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He still remembers how José Mourinho's defensive tactics took the title from Liverpool a couple of seasons ago.

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When Liverpool made their title challenge in the 2013-14 season, Jordan Henderson was a key member of the squad's energetic midfield. He excelled as a box-to-box runner in the diamond formation Brendan Rodgers leaned on down the stretch.

However, his red card at the end of a win against Manchester City forced him out of action for a late-season clash with Chelsea, which the Reds lost to harm their title hopes. That match was typified by time wasting from José Mourinho's side, who took advantage of the aggressiveness of the hosts.

Henderson still remembers that game quite well. But he said a win over Mourinho's Manchester United squad on Monday would go a long way in undoing that hurt.

"I will never forget that Chelsea game at Anfield when we lost and we were going for the title," Henderson said (via the Guardian). "They made it very difficult - throw‑ins, goal-kicks, they were taking forever and that got everyone worked up in the stadium and it worked to their advantage because they got the result they came for and it had a big impact on us winning the league."

"If we can keep performing the way we are and win [on Monday], that can sort of put that to bed," he added.

For most fans, the sting of that defeat can only be undone by actually winning the title. However, beating Manchester United to continue a scintillating start to the season would be a pretty nice feeling, too.