Liverpool skipper Jordan Henderson has explained his delight that we’re in the Champions League next season, providing we navigate a play-off round in August.
By beating Middlesbrough on the final day of the campaign, we made sure of 4th spot, finishing ahead of both Arsenal and Manchester United in the process.
Henderson was brilliant during the first half of the season, but an ambiguous foot injury kept him out from February onwards.
Thankfully, his team-mates rallied and got the job done without him.
“To do that is a big achievement,” he told Liverpool’s website.
“Everybody was over the moon that we got in the top four. Now we’ve got to go and win the play-off to actually get into the group stages of the Champions League.
“Of course we’d have liked to win something as well but you’ve got to take one step at a time and that is a big achievement.
“Since I’ve been here, we’ve only been in the Champions League once. It’s a good step in the right direction for us and it’ll help us develop as a squad.
“We’re becoming more mature as a team and improving on the training pitch – listening to what the gaffer has got to say on how we can improve as a team and individuals.
“Everybody has taken that on board throughout the season and everybody has been working really hard. And you get your just rewards at the end of the season, with getting the top four.”
Over the summer, we’re desperate for the captain to get fully fit and rid himself of these injury problems which are stunting his progress.
Up until Christmas, Henderson averaged more passes and covered more ground than any other player in the country – far outscoring the likes of N’golo Kante and Paul Pogba statistically.
His injury though stopped him in his tracks, but by deploying him at the base of midfield, Jurgen Klopp has maximised his passing attributes as well as his ability to lead the side.
Having him back to his best at the start of next season will feel like a new signing, in many ways.