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Henderson: Liverpool have set the bar high

Henderson: Liverpool have set the bar high

Jordan Henderson believes that Liverpool's struggles in signing two of their primary transfer targets will not compromise what will be a successful season for them.

The Reds may already have seen their squad bolstered by Mohamad Salah and Dominic Solanke, but Jurgen Klopp still wishes to land the services of Naby Keita and Virgil van Dijk, two transfers that do not give the impression of being close to completion.

Regardless of this frustration, club captain Henderson believes that there is a big season ahead for the club.

"We have to set it very high with the squad, the players we have got and the manager we have got," the 27-year old told reporters.

"We want to be winning things. That is the aim. We will go into every game and every tournament we are in wanting to win. We have to set the bar very high.

"There is plenty of competition for places. We have a fantastic group of players who want a better season this year and we will be working as hard as we can to impress the manager to get into the team,” he added.

"We always want to improve as a team. We have brought a couple of players in and have a couple of players coming back from injury.

"Everyone wants to improve and I think we have a young squad, getting better and learning. Last year put us in good stead moving forward and hopefully we will have a better season."

On the topic of his recent recovery from a foot injury, the England international expressed his frustration over the timing of the knock that saw him miss out on a total of 13 matches last season.

“I got a bad kick in training on the top of my foot," Henderson stated. "At first I thought it was just a bruise but it kept getting worse and then we had to get a scan and it was quite bad. That is where it all started.

"I was devastated. I was feeling good – the best I have ever felt – so to have a blow like that late on in the season when it was such an important time for us as a team was a big blow and hard for me to take.

“I just had to keep working as hard as I can. I didn’t manage to get back but worked hard over the summer to get back to this point. I can’t remember when I last had a full pre-season so by the end of it I hope I will be very, very fit,” he added.

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