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Henderson: Mentality and focus the keys in achieving our goals this season

Liverpool captain Jordan Henderson is confident his side has what it takes to last the distance in the title race while competing strongly on the European stage.

While title rivals Man City were in action in the fifth round of the FA Cup on the weekend, the Reds were taking part in a training camp in Marbella which came at the perfect time with so many big games just around the corner.

In the past, Liverpool sides have routinely struggled when they have had more than one competition on their agenda.

As recently as 12 months ago, the team were taking all before them in the Champions League, but in terms of the league it was another story where they dropped 10 points immediately following a Champions League fixture from the round of 16 onwards.

The drop off in league form saw Liverpool make extremely hard work of top four qualification, which was only sealed with victory on the last day of the season against Brighton.

The Mirror reports Henderson saying that a repeat is not on the cards:

“I feel as though we have got a good enough squad to cope with the games when they are coming thick and fast.

"It is down to us to keep performing, no matter what competition it is. We will give everything and just be mentally ready for the next few months.

"It is why Marbella was such an important week for us to get ready."

 

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Naturally there is a lot of outside noise at this time of the season, both with fans growing in expectation, and the football pundits analysing every facet of the title race.

Henderson says they cannot focus about what has been said and it is all about striking the right balance between light hearted banter and keeping their mind firmly on the job.

“Whatever is being said outside, you can’t get into all that.  For us, it is about focussing on the next game. We are in a good place at the minute, so hopefully we can put on a good show.

"We have just been the way we always are and we have just enjoyed going to work every day with a smile on our face.

"We have been having a joke but as soon as we go on to the training field, it is down to business and we are focused on what we need to do and it is very serious.

 

"That is the way it should be.”

The captain has had a stop-start campaign due to some niggling injuries and extra competition in the midfield has meant that he is not a automatic selection when fit.

 

But being a leader means that you sometimes have to sacrifice your own game for what is good for the team.
 

In more recent times, Henderson has been deployed at right-back covering for Trent Alexander-Arnold. 

The 28 year-old is more than willing to play at centre-back in the absence of Virgil Van Dijk for the first leg of the last 16 clash against Bayern Munich but it is believed that Jurgen Klopp will use Fabinho in the position.

Whatever the position he plays between now and the rest of the season, Klopp will be relying on the experience of Henderson to keep the ship steady and steer it over the line in first place.


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