Jor gonna be sorry we lost badly to Baggies
ZENIT ST PETERSBURG v LIVERPOOL Kick-off 5pm – Live on ITV4
JORDAN HENDERSON wants Liverpool to take out their Premier League frustration on Zenit St Petersburg.
Brendan Rodgers’ Reds battered West Brom on Monday night but slumped to a 2-0 loss at Anfield that leaves them in ninth spot – a mammoth 12 points off the top four.
The Kop outfit head to Russia on a grim winless run of four matches, including their shock FA Cup exit at League One Oldham.
They are even facing an uphill struggle to nab a European spot for next season. Rodgers has made plenty of changes for their Europa League run.
But he selected a fullstrength outfit as they qualified for the knockout phase with an impressive 1-0 win at Udinese in December.
The loss to the Baggies is sure to give Rodgers plenty of food for thought ahead of the clash in St Petersburg, and he may opt for a stronger side as Europe is now all they have to go at.
England Under-21 mid- fielder Henderson reckons the Zenit game is an ideal way to respond.
He said: “We just have to keep going, keep our heads up and bounce back from this.
“We just have to stay positive and think about the next game now, which is Zenit in the Europa League on Thursday night.
“Hopefully we can get some better results in the league and look to close that gap. The manager didn’t have much to say after the West Brom game – we all know we didn’t play particularly well.
“It’s a game we could have won but it wasn’t our night.
“It’s frustrating, but that’s football. You have to take these things on board and learn from it.”
Reds chief exec Ian Ayre has contacted UEFA about his concerns over the trip.
At the end of last year, Zenit fans wrote to the club to demand that non-white and gay players could not feature for their side.
Ayre said: “I’m hopeful that the right people will take the right action.”