‘We’ve got to use it and finish the season well’: Jordan Henderson insists Liverpool will be inspired by pain from Atletico Madrid defeat as they push to win the Premier League title
- Liverpool are only fighting on one front following FA Cup and European exits
- Jordan Henderson insists they will not be distracted in their hunt for the title
- The captain said the players need to turn their focus quickly to Merseyside derby
Jordan Henderson said Liverpool will use the heartbreak from their Champions League exit as fuel for their first ever Premier League title.
Jurgen Klopp’s boys succumbed to an extra time defeat against Atletico Madrid, despite dominating for large swathes of the match.
Henderson, Liverpool’s captain, returned after a brief layoff and put in a stellar shift but was unable to inspire the side to victory.
Jordan Henderson said Liverpool will be inspired to league glory by their European exit
He said after the painful defeat: ‘Tonight and tomorrow it will not feel nice, but we’ve got to use it and finish the season well.
‘We’ve got the derby next, so that’s what the focus needs to turn to very quickly.’
Only weeks ago, Liverpool were fighting for a historic treble but following defeats against Chelsea in the FA Cup and now Atletico, a league title is the only trophy remaining for what would still be a remarkable season for the club.
The league has eluded Liverpool for 30 years and victory this year would mark a major triumph for Jurgen Klopp, particularly if they maintain the current margin over the chasing pack.
The captain returned to the side and was key in midfield but many chances were spurned
But Henderson said his teammates will be hurting after failing to retain the Champions League.
He said: ‘Obviously we’re really disappointed. The performance overall was very good.
‘We put into the game everything and we’re bitterly disappointed. We’re going to be disappointed with the goals we conceded.
‘We’ve experienced it over the last few years, you need to be fully focused at all times. Any mistakes can cost you.
‘We’re really disappointed with the result overall. We’ve got to take it on the chin.’
Liverpool were thwarted a number of times by Jan Oblak who made many inspired saves
Throughout the game, Liverpool were thwarted a number of times by the obstinate Jan Oblak in the Atletico goal.
The Reds created a number of chances, particularly through Trent Alexander-Arnold on the right flank, but they failed to convert a number of chances.
Henderson said: ‘He (Oblak) made some great saves. We created so many chances to score and just couldn’t find the third to kill the game off.
‘The lads gave everything as they always do. That’s the way they play, it’s hard to play against. They defend very well. But we still created a lot of chances.’
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