English Premiership

Hendo: Reds will improve

2015-05-04 11:33
Gerrard and Henderson (Supplied)
Gerrard and Henderson (Supplied)

Cape Town - Liverpool midfielder Jordan Henderson believes the Reds can improve next season, despite the departure of club captain and midfield veteran Steven Gerrard.

Gerrard scored the winning goal in their 2-1 victory over QPR at Anfield on Saturday, after missing a penalty earlier in the game, which shows a mentality that Liverpool will miss next campaign.

"It is typical Stevie," Henderson said. "He will be disappointed with the penalty but he erased it very quickly, got on with the game and came up with the goal.

"I was pleased for him because I am sure he wouldn't have been able to get that out of his mind all night. That just shows his character.

"Sometimes that can affect people but he gets on with it and he came up with the winner right at the end.

"I have said many times before he is a big loss to the team. He is our leader and a big influence on games so you will miss big players like that but at the same time we have to move on when he does go.

"Obviously bringing in people in the summer we will welcome because the better the players we have here the better it is for us in terms of competition to get into the team and push on and try to win trophies and try to play in the Champions League.

"I think we have the players who can improve and have a really good go next season. We have great players here, we just have to keep improving as a young squad and I am sure come next season we will be raring to go again."

Manchester United's 1-0 loss to West Brom means that the Reds are only four points behind Louis Van Gaal’s side, and could potentially still finish in the top four.

But with three games of the season left to play, the more realistic outcome is a fifth-place finish, which would bring Europa League football to Anfield once again.

"I think everyone will still be looking forward to it if we get into that," Henderson added. "It is important to get back to that winning mentality. That was the main objective."

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