Jordan Henderson has set his sights on the Premier League title – and European success will help him get that wish.
“We are all hungry for more. We should look back at our Premier League campaign with great pride too,” he said, according to the Liverpool Echo.
“To have achieved 97 points and to only lose one league game in the entire season was a phenomenal achievement by the team.
“Of course, we were bitterly disappointed to narrowly miss out on the title by just a single point, but we will use the huge number of positives from the campaign to fuel us for the new season ahead.”
It’s the obvious goal, of course, but Liverpool have a wretched record of going ‘one better’.
Liverpool’s poor record
Gerard Houllier followed up his second-place finish in 2002 with fifth in 2003. Rafa Benitez’s team collapsed in 2010 – after 2nd in 2009, they finished 7th.
Brendan Rodgers’ 2014 side fell to pieces, too. They fell one further than Benitez’s to 8th in 2015 after being runner’s up.
There are a couple of big differences that may help Henderson get his wish, though.
The first is that both Benitez and Rodgers suffered the exits of vital players – Xabi Alonso and Luis Suarez, respectively. There’s little worry that Jurgen Klopp will deal with the same.
The bigger difference and the one that should be all-important is the European success.
It means that Liverpool head into the 2019/20 season on a huge high. Henderson mentions the importance, saying that they’ll ‘use the huge number of positives’.
It’s something that none of the previous three teams had. They all had to pick themselves up from huge disappointments and a sense of ‘what more could we have done?’.
But this team won’t have to. They know they’re good enough, they know that their performances can and will reward them with success.
They may have had to if they’d lost the Champions League final but instead, they’ll use it to power on in ways the teams of the past could not.