Jordan Henderson is ready to launch a personal fightback and rediscover his top form after enduring a disappointing period on the sidelines at the end of last season.
The Liverpool skipper missed his side’s crucial Champions League run in due to injury but insists he is ready to fight and prove himself once again ahead of what promises to be a huge campaign for the club.
Reaching full fitness is the priority for Henderson having not played competitively for the first team since Liverpool’s match against Tottenham on February 11.
“It’s not just because I have been out that I have something to prove. I think even if I hadn’t got injured, I was coming back to pre-season and into a new season you feel you have to prove yourself with all the competition and if players arrive,” Henderson told the Daily Mail.
“You always have to do better and prove yourself and do your best for the team.”
“That will push us on to do good things. I was devastated last season. 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. 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.”
2016/2017 saw Henderson’s best period in a Liverpool shirt cruelly halted by a familiar problem with his right foot.
Up until that point, he had stepped up his game to the next level, moulding into an influential captain and posing as a reliable and composed foundation to the team’s explosive attacking football.
He dominated passing figures for the first half of the season and fulfilled a need for him to take more responsibility with the ball and control the tempo of games from his deeper midfield position. A notable maturity was accompanied by a purposeful use of possession and a growing attacking ambition.
Liverpool’s busy pre-season schedule promises to be an ideal opportunity for him to get some valuable game time and ensure he is ready to play an integral role come August.