Following a gruelling two-week pre-season training camp in Austria, Liverpool are just hours away from their first competitive game of the 2020/21 campaign and expectations among this Premier League-winning group of players couldn’t be higher.

One player who carries the weight as the standard-bearer of this magnificent team is club-captain Jordan Henderson.

Henderson, 30, is still undergoing his rehabilitation following a knee injury sustained last season but the Liverpool skipper is expected to be fit in time for the club’s opening league match of the season against Leeds United on September 12.

The ECHO recently confirmed that Henderson will begin full training after the Community Shield clash against Arsenal at the weekend after the Liverpool skipper underwent his own individual training sessions in Austria.

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SALZBURG, AUSTRIA – AUGUST 17: (THE SUN OUT. THE SUN ON SUNDAY OUT) Jurgen Klopp manager of Liverpool with Jordan Henderson captain of Liverpool during a training session on August 17, 2020 in Salzburg, Austria. (Photo by John Powell/Liverpool FC via Getty Images)

Henderson has spoken to Liverpool’s official website ahead of the club’s highly anticipated title defence and it was great to hear the standards Henderson expects to be upheld by his teammates once the campaign begins on Saturday.

The England international admitted he is yet to look back on the club’s 19th league title triumph with his focus solely on ensuring further success isn’t too far down the road.

“I don’t think I ever will [reflect on Liverpool’s recent achievements], to be honest. Maybe when I finish and I look back,” Henderson told the club’s official website.

“For me, there’s no real point to do it now because I still don’t feel I’ve finished, I feel there’s still a lot more to come. We can be a lot better. I know people will say, ‘Well, how?’ but trust us, in certain games we’ve played, in training sessions, we can still improve. Individuals can still get even better again.”

 

The message from Henderson was the perfect battle cry ahead of what is expected to be the most physically gruelling season yet following the ramifications of the pandemic.

Henderson is more than just our captain, he is the embodiment of what it means to play for such a historic club and he plays every game as if it were his last.

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Liverpool’s English midfielder Jordan Henderson (R) kisses the Premier League trophy during the presentation following the English Premier League football match between Liverpool and Chelsea at Anfield in Liverpool, north west England on July 22, 2020. – Liverpool on Wednesday lifted the Premier League trophy at the famous Kop stand at Anfield after their final home game of the season. With no fans able to attend due to the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic, Liverpool said the idea for the trophy lift was to honour the club’s fans, but Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp urged fans to respect social distancing measures, after thousands gathered around the club’s stadium and in the city centre following their coronation as champions last month. (Photo by Paul ELLIS / POOL / AFP) / RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE. No use with unauthorized audio, video, data, fixture lists, club/league logos or ‘live’ services. Online in-match use limited to 120 images. An additional 40 images may be used in extra time. No video emulation. Social media in-match use limited to 120 images. An additional 40 images may be used in extra time. No use in betting publications, games or single club/league/player publications. / (Photo by PAUL ELLIS/POOL/AFP via Getty Images)

His drive and focus typify the standards that Jurgen Klopp expects from his players following such unrivalled success in recent years.

On the pitch, Henderson has demonstrated his value after picking up the Football Writers Association Player of the Season following his sustained brilliance during Liverpool’s title procession.

Even after entering into the twilight stages of his career, there is a belief that Henderson can still be a mainstay in Klopp’s starting XI for the next three-four seasons and this will only increase the likelihood of further success for Liverpool.

Henderson and Fabinho are arguably the only guaranteed starters in Klopp’s midfield while the club weigh up the possibility of adding further reinforcements such as Bayern Munich’s Thiago Alcantara.

One thing remains certain this campaign, when you have a captain in your team such as Jordan Henderson, the idea of players resting on their laurels will just not be tolerated as Liverpool set their sights on retaining their league crown next season.

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