To say it’s been a difficult week at home for Liverpool would be an understatement, seeing back-to-back defeats against lesser teams. But when it comes to Europe on the other hand, it’s a completely different story.
Reds captain Jordan Henderson has shared his thoughts ahead of their final UEFA Champions League group game against Napoli at Anfield tonight.
While many say that tonight’s game against the Italian side is unimportant and that Liverpool should beat the visitors, Henderson did not hold back his views that every game is important.
“If someone had told me after the last game against Napoli that we would be in the last 16 of the Champions League before we played them next, I would have bitten off their hand,” Henderson told the Liverpool Echo.
“This season has undoubtedly been difficult for us so far, but to reach the knockout stage of this competition after such a difficult start is still a significant achievement.
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“To get to this point we had to win four games in a row – two home and two away – against Rangers and Ajax and that shouldn’t be taken for granted.” Henderson added.
“Yes, we have much higher expectations and bigger goals, but that doesn’t mean we shouldn’t enjoy the steps we’re taking on the way to where we hope to end up.
“The only idea I don’t agree with is the assumption that tonight’s game against Napoli is a ‘dead rubber’. The task of making it to the last 16 might be done, but I just can’t come to terms with the idea that this game is somehow irrelevant.
“Maybe it’s not crucial that whatever happens, both Napoli and us will survive, but a game involving Liverpool in Europe can never be written off as unimportant.”
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