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Henderson Wants All The Points Against Brighton On The Last Day Of The Season

Not content with the necessary point for Champions League qualification, Jordan Henderson says Liverpool will go out to win against Brighton & Hove Albion.

Brighton and Hove Albion v Liverpool - Premier League Photo by Dan Istitene/Getty Images

One more match to go before Liverpool can be officially added to the Champions League roster for next season’s competition. All that stands in their way is the determination of Brighton and Hove Albion on Sunday. Chelsea’s late-campaign surge up the table combined with Liverpool’s thinning and tiring squad sees the Reds in a situation where a point is needed at Anfield on the final day to deny Chelsea access to the Premier League top four. Jordan Henderson understand the maths at work here but is still insistent that the Reds take all three points against Brighton just to be safe. And if you think about it, that’s not a bad idea.

“I think we’ve still got to win the game. Obviously the draw would probably be enough but we definitely won’t be going in with that mindset,” Henderson said.

“You’ve just got to go out there, especially with it being at Anfield, focused on winning the game, playing like we have been at Anfield recently, giving everything, and I’m sure the atmosphere will be brilliant with it being the last day.

“We’re looking forward to that. It’s another big game for us but the mindset, like it is every game, is to go and win.”

There’s no doubt that Liverpool will come out attacking against Brighton, hoping to overwhelm the Seagulls, get a couple of early goals, manage the game and celebrate victory at the final whistle. Brighton have already secured their inclusion in the Premier League for next season and will hopefully be in a holiday state of mind on Sunday afternoon. The captain, though, says his team are ready for a battle if Albion are intent on putting up a fight.

“The first final is on Sunday because if we win that guarantees us Champions League football, which is massive for us as a team, as a club, so it’s a big one, and then obviously we’ve got a little bit more time to focus on the other final after that.

“For sure there’ll be that intensity and I know we’ll perform the way that we can and that we have been doing.

“It’s important for us, no matter what game it is or what stage of the season it’s at, we’ve got to make sure we give everything to win the game and that’s what good teams do.”

Tropes of calling important games “finals” aside, the match against Brighton is critical for Liverpool. Jürgen Klopp will not have to impress that upon his players. Playing in the Champions League next year is not only necessary for the club’s continued push to get back to the top of the game but will have great significance for Klopp’s summer recruitment. It’ll be a high-pressure situation for the players against Brighton but performing well under that pressure on Sunday, regardless of the opposition, will put the boys in a good head space going into the Champions League Final against Real Madrid.

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