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Henderson Focused On Champions League Qualification

The captain refuses to think about anything past Tuesday’s match.

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Liverpool Press Conference Photo by Andrew Powell/Liverpool FC via Getty Images

Liverpool are, conservatively, fighting in 32 different competitions taking place on all seven continents and also the moon over the month of December. Despite the split focus, and indeed, the split team to accommodate for all of their upcoming games, captain Jordan Henderson insists that all of their attention is on the final group match game against FC Salzburg.

Their draw against Napoli last week means that the Reds need a result in this match in order to guarantee passage into the Champions League round of 16. The last time they battled it out against Salzburg at Anfield, Liverpool came out on top, but it was no easy task. This time, they are playing away from home, and the Austrian side knows that if they manage a win, they’ll go through at the expense of the title holders.

“Well, I only like looking to the next game, to be honest. You might be bored of me saying that but that’s the truth,” Henderson said. “The next game is the most important game and the biggest game of the season, which is tomorrow night. That’s all the focus is on. We know it’ll be a difficult game and a tough challenge for us, so we need to be 100 per cent focused on that to go out and give everything to get into the next round.”

Speaking about the pressure to go through, Henderson believes it will be difficult, but that he and his teammates know how to get the job done.

“We need to perform, we need to get a result to get through to the next round, which we’ve proven we can do before,” Henderson continues. “But that doesn’t mean it’s going to be easy and we’re going to do it again. But we can learn from those experiences and we know what we need to do. We know it’ll be difficult but we also have confidence in our own ability. I feel as though if we perform to the level that we have been, and we’re capable of, then we can get a good result.”

Liverpool play the early game on Tuesday to kick off Champions League action, only to travel back home and play another early game against Watford in the league on Saturday morning. Hendo might not be thinking that far ahead, but we certainly are.