Jordan Henderson determined to seal regular Liverpool spot
Liverpool midfielder insists his best is yet to come following his move from Sunderland in the summer
Jordan Henderson has told Liverpool fans that they are yet to see the best of him following his big-money move from Sunderland in the summer.
The 21-year-old midfielder has made 13 appearances for Kenny Dalglish’s men, scoring his first goal in the Premier League win over Bolton Wanderers in August.
But the England Under-21 captain admits he “hasn’t set the world alight” with his performances to date and says he is yet to produce his best form at Anfield.
“I think it’s been a little bit up and down, if I’m honest,” Henderson told Liverpool’s website. “I haven’t set the world alight but I haven’t played badly either.
“In my mind I’ve got a lot more to offer, there’s a lot more to come, but I’ve got to keep working hard on the training pitch and in games and I’m sure things will come off sooner or later.”
The former Sunderland midfielder concedes that he has not started as many games as he would have liked – but he is determined to hold down a regular spot in Dalglish’s team.
“That’s part of football,” he said. “I’m not going to lie, it does hurt, and I’m sure it hurts anyone who doesn’t start, but it means you have to work even harder to get in the team.
“It means you have to prove a point that you should be starting, so whenever my chance comes I have to take it and make sure I’m not on the bench very often.”
Henderson believes the pressure that comes with playing at a club where expectations are high can help him raise his game.
“When you’re at Liverpool there is always going to be expectancy and pressure when you play but that’s part and parcel of football,” he continued.
“It’s how you deal with it. Some people do much better and some people crumble under pressure. To play for Liverpool you’ve got to have a lot of character about you.
“I like to play under pressure. I expected it to be a huge club with huge expectancy and that’s exactly what it is. The players have been brilliant, the staff have been brilliant.”