Jordan Henderson believes that LFC will be challenging heavily for major honours this coming campaign as Jürgen Klopp’s men prepare to step it up a gear.
Jordan Henderson is certainly feeling confident ahead of the 2017/18 campaign – and for good reason.
The Reds finished the 2016/17 season in fourth placed, securing a Champions-League play-off place while finishing ahead of both Manchester United and Arsenal for the first time since the turbo-charged, Suarez-fuelled 2013/14 campaign that saw them finish in second place.
The club have also been looking to make waves in the transfer market so far, adding one record-signing to their squad already this summer – the signing of £36.9m man Mohamed Salah from AS Roma last month – and it looks as if another two could be on their way with developments reported in both their chases of Naby Keïta and Virgil van Dijk.
With the base that the club built last season and the signings they’re looking to bring in, Henderson believes that Liverpool will be in their best position in years to finally end the current 7 year-long silverware drought.
The captain said: “We have to set aims very high with the squad, the players we have got and the manager we have got. We want to be winning things. That is the aim. We will go into every game and every tournament we are in wanting to win. We have to set the bar very high.
“There is plenty of competition for places. We have a fantastic group of players who want a better season this year and we will be working as hard as we can to impress the manager to get into the team.”
Henderson suggested that the Reds will not be needing a plethora of first-team signings this summer and his comments echoed those already heard from the likes of Klopp who has preached patience in the Reds search for quality over quantity.
“We always want to improve as a team. We have brought a couple of players in and have a couple of players coming back from injury. Everyone wants to improve and I think we have a young squad, getting better and learning. Last year put us in good stead moving forward and hopefully, we will have a better season.”
The Liverpool skipper made his long-awaited return to first-team football on Wednesday evening when the Reds took on Tranmere Rovers and Henderson, who also played 45 in the 1-1 draw with Wigan on Friday has finally opened up on the truth behind the injury.
“I got a bad kick in training on the top of my foot. At first, I thought it was just a bruise but it kept getting worse and then we had to get a scan and it was quite bad. That is where it all started. I was devastated.”
“I was feeling good – the best I have ever felt – so to have a blow like that late on in the season when it was such an important time for us as a team was a big blow and hard for me to take.
“I just had to keep working as hard as I can. I didn’t manage to get back but worked hard over the summer to get back to this point. I can’t remember when I last had a full pre-season so by the end of it I hope I will be very, very fit.”