Jordan Henderson, the man expected to take departing skipper Steven Gerrard’s Liverpool captaincy, has outlined the club’s targets for the 2015/16 campaign.
We finished sixth in the Premier League last term and crashed out of the Champions League in the group stages – and despite reaching the FA and League Cup semi-finals, the season was considered a failure, having almost won the league in 2013/14.
The 25-year-old England international thinks our main target should be a top four finish and subsequent Champions League qualification, but that we really need to be winning a trophy as well.
Henderson reckons the early signings will help us put last season behind us. Already we’ve brought in the likes of Roberto Firmino, James Milner and Nathaniel Clyne – and hope to sign a top striker before this forthcoming campaign commences.
“I think we have shown great intent early on in the transfer window to do our business early and get the players that we want,” Henderson began, reported here in the Mirror.
“We need to make sure that we start the season well and we’re all on the same page in what we want to achieve.
“Getting back into the Champions League is a big objective for us, but also winning trophies – Liverpool Football Club should be winning trophies every year.
“So that’s another aim for us. I think it is realistic, with the players we have got and the manager we have got, I feel that we can achieve those things.
“In the FA Cup, Europa League and League Cup, we want to be challenging and winning. And obviously in the league, we want to be right up there challenging and hopefully get into the Champions League places as well.”
It will be interesting to see if Henderson will continue his progression. When given the armband last term when Gerrard wasn’t playing he excelled, and the added responsibility seemed to work as inspiration for the former Sunderland midfielder.
He’s got the heart, physicality and ability to become one of the best midfielders in the Premier League. Alongside James Milner we’re likely to have more legs in the centre than anybody else – so let’s hope they can provide the engine room and the likes of Coutinho and Roberto Firmino can provide the necessary creativity in the final third.