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Defence concerns Henderson

Liverpool midfielder Jordan Henderson has expressed his concern at his side's defending in Saturday's 2-2 draw with Aston Villa.

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Jordan Henderson: Knows Liverpool must tighten up

Jordan Henderson: Knows Liverpool must tighten up

The England international has admitted the Reds must improve at the back if they are to succeed on their quest for a Champions League place for the first time in four seasons.

Despite taking seven points from a possible nine in the Premier League in 2014, Liverpool have conceded five goals in their last two games and had to comeback from two goals down to rescue a point against a spirited Villa side at Anfield.

Henderson says he has been impressed with the Reds compared to last season, adding that they are still in with a great chance of a place in Europe's elite next season.

He believes it is the whole team that must improve on their defensive responsibilities, and not just the leaky defence and goalkeeper.

"It's not just about the back four and the keeper, it's the whole team. I'm sure that's something we will work on," Henderson told the Liverpool Echo.

"We're disappointed. We set such high expectations here. We want to go into every game and win it.

"Unfortunately, we couldn't do that, but the good thing is that from 2-0 down, we showed our character and our fight,"

Liverpool are 12 points better off in the Premier League table than at this stage last season and Henderson admits the character of the team this season has been a big improvement.

"We showed that we didn't want to be beaten," added the 23-year-old. "Villa beat us 3-1 here last season, and we were beaten away to Stoke last season. If you look at it that way, it's an improvement."

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terling needs to be told though that upon entering the Arsenal squad he will re-enact the final scene from Highlander where he will be thrown around a warehouse by cartoon dragons and then be a mere mortal that will only ever spend three to four weeks a season playing football and the rest on the physio's bed. There can be only one.....player available at The Emirates.

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he game changed in our favour when Carrick came on. We were able to play further up the pitch due to having a player who can give and go with the ball and keep possession. Yet barkley made some runs and Townsend scored a good goal but carrick's inclusion and chiellini's withdrawal made the biggest difference to the flow of the game

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o, you've not silenced anyone Andros, i'm afraid. We know you can score a great goal, and it's really handy to have your direct running and willingness to shoot on the bench. But until you can do the other things expected of a winger (beat the man, put a decent cross in, stay wide etc) then you can't expect more than a regular cameo. Wonderful goal though, what a hit! No wonder Buffon wanted the shirt.

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