Hen­der­son tells Liver­pool to keep eyes on the prize

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Jor­dan Hen­der­son wants Liver­pool to be re­mem­bered for win­ning tro­phies rather than as the Pre­mier League’s great en­ter­tain­ers.

Prior to this week­end’s round of matches, Liver­pool were the league’s joint top­scor­ers on 24 goals in 10 games to­gether with lead­ers Manch­ester City. But Liver­pool cap­tain Hen­der­son said while the way Jur­gen Klopp’s side played might ap­peal to sup­port­ers, there was a clearly de­fined strat­egy be­hind the Merseysiders’ ap­proach.

“The main pri­or­ity for us is if we’re per­form­ing and play­ing the way we can then ob­vi­ously it is en­ter­tain­ing foot­ball, it is high-in­ten­sity and every­body is go­ing to en­joy watch­ing us,” said the mid­fielder ahead of to­day’s match at home to Wat­ford.

“But we do it for a rea­son-and the rea­son is be­cause that’s the best way to play foot­ball and the best way to win games for us as a team. “If we keep do­ing what we’ve been do­ing, keep work­ing on the train­ing field and lis­ten­ing to what the man­ager wants, and then ap­ply­ing that on the week­end then it’ll be very en­ter­tain­ing, but there’s a pur­pose to it-and for me, it’s the best way for us to win.”

For all the plau­dits re­gard­ing their at­tack­ing play, Liver­pool’s de­fence has come un­der scru­tiny this sea­son given they’ve con­ceded 13 goals in the league.

“A lot of the pun­dits and press will big up that we’re con­ced­ing too many goals,” said Hen­der­son.

“But in terms of the team, when you’re ac­tu­ally in a game, I feel as though we’re dom­i­nat­ing games and teams aren’t get­ting many chances. “If we keep go­ing in that di­rec­tion and keep im­prov­ing, then we’ll im­prove in all ar­eas-not just con­ced­ing, but scor­ing goals as well.” Liver­pool striker Danny Ings has been ruled out for the rest of the sea­son af­ter he un­der­went surgery on a knee in­jury this week. But Klopp’s op­tions are boosted by the re­turn of James Mil­ner, who has re­cov­ered from a virus and is ex­pected to fea­ture at left-back, while mid­field­ers Ge­orginio Wi­j­nal­dum and Emre Can are avail­able fol­low­ing ill­ness.

‘BEAT THEM UP’

Wat­ford moved ahead of Manch­ester United in the ta­ble last week by beat­ing Hull City 1-0 at Vicarage Road, al­though they re­quired an own-goal from Tigers cap­tain Michael Daw­son to shade a less than stel­lar en­counter. Nev­er­the­less, Wal­ter Maz­zarri’s side have lost just once in their last seven top-flight fix­tures to sit in sev­enth in the Pre­mier League ta­ble ahead of Satur­day’s matches.

Liver­pool are un­likely to take the Hor­nets lightly hav­ing lost 3-0 away to Wat­ford last sea­son, al­though the cor­re­spond­ing fix­ture, in May, ended 2-0 to the home side at An­field.—AFP

DOHA: Iraq’s Air Force Club for­ward Emad Mohsin Ma­jeed (L) and In­dia’s Ben­galuru club de­fender Nishu Ku­mar vie for the ball dur­ing the AFC Asian Cup fi­nal foot­ball match be­tween Iraq’s Air Force Club and In­dia’s Ben­galuru FC at the Qatar Sports club in Doha, yes­ter­day. — AFP

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