Jordan Henderson on Newcastle: Liverpool star unimpressed with performance…
Liverpool midfielder Jordan Henderson has claimed that Liverpool paid the price for their lack of creativity during Saturday’s 1-0 defeat at Newcastle United.
Speaking to Liverpool’s official website after the game, the former Sunderland man discussed his frustrating afternoon, in which Ayoze Perez’s 73rd minute striker proved to be the difference between the two teams.
“It was very disappointing,” Henderson told reporters. “We came here for confidence and to get a result and we didn’t manage to do that, so we’re very disappointed.
“Throughout the game I thought we dominated the ball but we didn’t really get in behind them or create many chances. We had one or two through Philippe Coutinho and Martin Skrtel from the corner. But overall, we’re disappointed not to get something out of the game.
“I felt as though we started the game well and we quietened the crowd down, kept the ball. But the ball wasn’t the problem – we were dominating the game through possession, but it was just getting into that final third and creating an opening. We struggled with that, so we’ll have to improve on that and kick on for the next game.”
Saturday’s game marked a second consecutive 90 minutes in the league without scoring – and for that, Henderson believes there is a collective responsibility that runs throughout the entire side.
“It’s down to the whole team,” he said. “Especially the midfielders and the attackers, to make runs in behind and create lots of options and movement and combination play as well. I just thought we didn’t do as well as we know we can, so we’ll have to improve.”
Liverpool, who remained seventh in the table but fell three points behind fourth placed Arsenal, face a difficult challenge to halt their current slide, with their next game coming against current Premier League leaders Chelsea.