Henderson: Time to step up

Jordan Henderson is aware that he needs to 'step up' for Liverpool and England following the departures of influential figures.

Last Updated: 01/08/14 at 12:19 Post Comment

Jordan Henderson: Always looking to improve

Jordan Henderson: Always looking to improve

On the domestic stage, Luis Suarez has left Anfield for Barcelona in a move which leaves a sizeable goal-scoring void.

Internationally, the retirement of talismanic skipper Steven Gerrard has paved the way for the next generation of English talent to prove that they are up to the challenge of filling his boots.

Henderson will be among those Brendan Rodgers and Roy Hodgson are turning to for inspiration, with the midfielder aware of the need to raise his game for club and country.

The 24-year-old said: “We all have to step up a level, that had to be the aim – whether Luis was here or not.

“The whole point is you have to keep improving as a player. You have to always be learning from guys like Stevie.

“I feel as though I’m maturing. I am older now and I need to get better again from last season.

“For England, I am slightly older than some of the others. But I have grown up with them through the U21s, where I was captain and I had a good relationship with them.

“If I am in the squad, I will take more responsibility, especially now with Stevie going.

“He’s probably the best player this country has ever seen, so you’re not going to be able to replace a player like that.

“What we have to do is develop the young talent coming through, and there is a lot of it. We’ve got to let them show how good they are.

“The likes of myself, Jack Wilshere and Ross Barkley need to take on more of a leadership role than before.”

If Henderson and Liverpool are able to counter the loss of top marksman Suarez, there is a belief within the camp that they are capable of repeating last season’s title charge – which saw them fall agonisingly short.

Henderson added: “We were so close to winning the league, it just slipped away at the last minute, so it really hurt a lot.

“But we can take a lot of confidence from that because we played so much good football.

“It makes us hungry to go back and finish it off this season.”

Related News

Most Commented

Readers' Comments

T

he thing is, footballers are role models, and children are influenced by them. I watched the Chelsea game with my 6 year old, and at school the next day she stamped on Emre Can.

megabrow (cufc)
Diego Costa: The Patron Saint Of S**thousery

Y

et again Barcelona try to convince the world that they only play the most virtuous of football. I've never seen a team so willing and able to dish out lumps but feel so self-righteous that no opposition player should ever have the audacity to tackle them.

charsmatcengma
Enrique hauls Neymar to safety

I

d love to see a United v Liverpool FA cup final. It would certainly fit the narrative. Obv I'd want the ending to be one of an O.G. and tears as he collects his runner-up medal.

GVMUFC
Gerrard Constantly Searching For That Final Hurrah

Footer 365

Premier League: Nigel Pearson insists his players must forget about their win against Manchester United

Nigel Pearson has been trying to make Leicester forget about their Manchester United win ever since they beat them 5-3.

Transfer news: Andre Schurrle nears Chelsea exit after agreeing personal terms with Wolfsburg

Chelsea forward Andre Schurrle is closing on a move back to Germany after agreeing to personal terms with Wolfsburg.

Premier League: Roberto Mancini could make a return to English football

Roberto Mancini has not ruled out a return to Manchester City in the future.

Mail Box

It's A Massive, Big, Brilliant Mailbox

And we left lots of Suarez/Costa mails unopened. What we do have is a video of some rotten Suarez tackles and views on the future of football, Spurs, Liverpool and...

But Biting Doesn't Hurt Like Stamping...

There are Liverpool fans arguing that Luis Suarez is nowhere near Diego Costa's sh*t-house league but we have plenty of love for the agitator too. Oh and Spurs...

© 2015 Sky Ltd. All Rights Reserved A Sky Sports Digital Media company