Liverpool’s Jordan Henderson: We can still qualify for Europe
Liverpool's Jordan Henderson insists the Reds can still qualify for Europe this season despite a deflating loss at Southampton
Jordan Henderson believes Liverpool can still qualify for Europe next season despite their top-five aspirations taking a blow at Southampton on Saturday.
The Saints were emphatic 3-1 winners against the Reds at St Mary’s, leaving Brendan Rodgers’s side five points behind fifth-placed Arsenal, who have played one game less.
But Henderson urged Liverpool, who were eliminated from the Europa League at the last-32 stage earlier this month, to stay positive ahead of their next league clash against Aston Villa on 31 March.
“It was a big disappointment against Southampton but Europe’s not gone yet,” said Henderson.
“We’ve still got eight games to play and that’s a lot of points to play for. We’ve still got to play some of the teams above us so we have to keep going.
“We have to pick ourselves up from this and ensure we respond positively against Aston Villa after the international break.”
Henderson was omitted from Rodgers’s starting line-up for the Southampton defeat despite the midfielder’s impressive form in January and February.
But the England international is refusing to be downbeat about his lack of playing time.
“I’ve just got to keep working hard,” he said. “Before Saturday, the team had been playing brilliantly so I can’t complain.
“Philippe Coutinho and Daniel Sturridge have both done really well since they came to the club and we’ve got good competition for places.
“You can’t really change a winning team so I’ve understood why I’ve not played.
“I just have to make sure that when the manager needs me I’m ready to take my chance.”