Jor gonna be sorry we lost badly to Bag­gies

ZENIT ST PETERS­BURG v LIVER­POOL Kick-off 5pm – Live on ITV4

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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.

Frus­trat­ing

“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.”

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