Liverpool still in the race for fourth spot, insists Jordan Henderson
Jordan Henderson insists Liverpool still have a chance of winning the race for fourth place - despite Saturday's defeat by Arsenal
Jordan Henderson believes Liverpool can still claim fourth spot despite their 2-1 defeat by Arsenal at Anfield on Saturday.
The Gunners’ dramatic victory leaves the London outfit three points clear of fifth-placed Chelsea, and the Reds now trail Arsene Wenger’s side by 10 points having played a game less.
But the 21-year-old is confident the Merseysiders still have a chance of finishing fourth and qualifying for next season’s Champions League – as long as they can reproduce their performance against Arsenal in future games.
“Obviously we’re disappointed with the result. I thought we should have gotten something out of the game,” Henderson told Liverpool’s website.
“We played some good football, particularly in the first half, and had some good chances. But that’s the way football goes. We’ve got a big game next week and we’ve got to try and bounce back.”
“I don’t think it is Liverpool’s top-four ambition is over. There is plenty of football left, so we’ve just got to keep working hard, try to get the right results and keep playing like we did against Arsenal.”
Liverpool dominated possession but ultimately failed to capitalise on their numerous opportunities, with Martin Kelly guilty of squandering the Reds’ best chance to win the game in the second half.
Arsenal captain Robin van Persie cancelled out Liverpool’s fortunate opener, and the Dutch striker sealed three points with a 92nd-minute winner.
“You could say it was a case of us not taking our chances,” added Henderson. “As I said, we played some good stuff, worked really hard as a team closing down and I think we caused them problems.
“If we keep playing like that, I am sure we’ll get better results.
“I think we can take positives from the performance. Everyone was disappointed after the game, but I think over the next couple of days we’ll realise we did play some good stuff and created chances – that’s all you can ask for.
“We’ll keep working hard and hopefully next week will be a better result.”