The idea that Liverpool play well when Jordan Henderson plays well was evidenced further yesterday as the skipper helped his side to a 2-0 win over Tottenham.
He was outstanding and worked alongside Adam Lallana and Georginio Wijnaldum in dominating a powerful Spurs midfield.
It was a much-needed captain’s performance and an aggressive outing that was matched by those around him. He did what he does best by leading the pressing, hunting the ball in every area of the pitch and ensuring the ball gets to Liverpool’s forwards as quick as possible.
Henderson himself has turned his attention to ensuring Liverpool enjoy a strong finish to the season by reproducing the kind of display that saw them overcome Mauricio Pochettino’s men at Anfield on Saturday.
Struggling against teams lower down in the league is something the England star has once again turned to as something Liverpool must fix.
He told Liverpoolfc.com: “That needs to change quickly. We need to solve that issue, really.”
“But if we keep playing that it doesn’t matter who it’s against, that’s the level set.”
“We need to play like that every week no matter who it is we play against and that’s what we try to do from now until the end of the season.”
“I thought we played well, even without the ball we were still in control.”
“It doesn’t make up for it but it’s a start in the right direction and we just need to keep going on like that until the end of season.”
Failing to beat teams that Liverpool would be expected to overcome has emerged as a recurring issue during this campaign and one that saw us endure such a torrid January.
It’s for this reason that the trip to face the relegation-threatened Leicester City in just over two weeks promises to be a significant test following a victory against a top six rival.