Henderson ready for ‘park the bus’ opponents’ spoiling tactics to thwart free-flowing Liverpool

Jordan Henderson

Jurgen Klopp has been told he may have to get his head round opponents parking the bus when they come up against the in-form Reds.

Jordan Henderson fully expects teams to try to stifle the Anfield giants’ expansive style of play that has driven them to be considered serious Premier League title contends after a super start to the campaign.
 
Henderson says he recognises that Klopp’s approach to the game means they retain a lot of possession but warns his team-mates they will have to cope with the frustration of opponents trying to unsettle their way of going about their business.
 
The England midfielder said: “I think because of the way we started the season, teams will come and try to defend and break up the play — they’ll want to disrupt our rhythm as much as possible.
 
“But that’s part and parcel of football — teams might see that as the best way to get a point, or three, against us. We have to be prepared to face that scenario and when we do come up against it, find the solution to get a win.
 
“It’s about momentum and keeping it going by retaining the ball well and ensuring the pressure stays on them. I also think in those situations a big part of dealing with opponents who want to keep it tight is about patience from everybody, both us players and our fans.
 
“The fans always get behind us and in games like that you probably need them to drive you on even more. If they get too impatient or frustrated, that can transmit to the pitch. We all have to keep going and continue to be positive because a goal might come late on.
 
“When we score doesn’t matter because it still gets us a result. You have to keep pushing and believing, no matter what the score is.”