Midweek Sport - - SPORT - By CHRIS MCKENNA

JOR­DAN HEN­DER­SON ad­mits the pres­sure is on to im­press Liver­pool boss Bren­dan Rodgers.

The Reds mid­fielder started as the Kop club beat Stoke at An­field on Satur­day to get their sea­son off to a flier.

But the £16mil­lion sign­ing from Sun­der­land knows he has Joe Allen breath­ing down his neck for a first-team shirt.

Hen­der­son, 23, was al­most chucked out the door last sum­mer when Rodgers ar­rived and of­fered the mid­fielder to Ful­ham as part-ex­change for Clint Dempsey. Hen­der­son was one of for­mer boss Kenny Dal­glish’s big-money spends dur­ing his reign, with the oth­ers, Andy Car­roll and Ste­wart Down­ing, moved on this sum­mer.

But the Eng­land in­ter­na­tional (left) won over the Liver­pool boss last sea­son and is now seen as an im­por­tant player.

“It is al­ways nice to play, I am sure that’s the same for ev­ery­one,” said Hen­der­son. “But we are a squad and there will be times when other peo­ple come in and I have to keep fight­ing for my place.

“I’ve spo­ken to the man­ager from day one and he has im­proved my game. He’s told me what I need to fo­cus on.

“Com­pe­ti­tion is al­ways im­por­tant at big clubs – it makes ev­ery­one want to push that lit­tle bit harder.

“Then it is up to the man­ager to pick his team. I’ve just got to make sure I do ev­ery­thing to get into his team and I’m sure the other lads will as well.”

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