Jordan Henderson has admitted he and his Liverpool team-mates haven’t lost any focus as they prepare to take on Huddersfield Town at Anfield tonight with the chance to return to the top of the Premier League table.
Jurgen Klopp’s Liverpool will bid to overtake Manchester City, who sit in top spot for now following their 2-0 win at Manchester United on Wednesday at Old Trafford.
And if the Reds can see off the challenge of the Terriers, who are already relegated, Hendo reckons snatching the league crown could spark what can become a dynasty at Anfield. Remember, following this game, Liverpool have the slight matter of a Champions League semi-final first leg encounter with Barcelona.
Writing in the club’s official programme for tonight, Hendo said: “It feels like we’ve been talking about scenarios for the end of the season since August. I’ve honestly not known a season like it. Essentially, since the opening weeks of the campaign, there has been speculation and comment on what every result means for what can be achieved this season.
“How many wins will it take? How many points do you need? How many points do your opponents need to drop and where might that happen? Clearly, with just a handful of games to go, that talk has ramped up to a point where, on the outside, it feels like discussions about what might or might not happen are going on 24/7. But, as you’ll have heard nearly every player in our squad say repeatedly when asked, it isn’t something that has consumed us.
“We haven’t lost an ounce of focus. Don’t get me wrong; all of us are living and breathing every second of this. We absolutely love it and we are completely focused on it. We love the pressure, the intensity and the focus. This is what every single one of us wants every single season – to have these pressures at this point of the season.”
Hendo adds that handling the pressure of success is what gives him hope that this group of players can be a force season after season. he added: “When I look around our dressing room I see a group of players who could be together for years and years, if we all want that. The best way of describing our current situation is that the overriding feeling is opportunity and that goes for everyone connected with the club – from the dressing room to the terraces.
“It’s anticipation rather than desperation. We’re acting like a club that ‘belongs’ at this level but not in an arrogant way. I think that’s been a key part of our growth as a club and it’s why everyone should be relishing and embracing the pressure of the remaining weeks of the season.”
As for the long-term, the midfielder says it’s difficult to talk about that when the fight is here and now but that he does think “it’s relevant to the current mood of calm focus we have as an entire club. Our supporters are clearly loving every moment and, like with us players, I only see joy and belief in them at the moment.”