Tuesday 15 November 2011

Henderson to fight for Liverpool place

Return of Steven Gerrard from injury increases competition for places

Midfielder Jordan Henderson is set to face a battle for a starting place at Anfield

Liverpool midfielder Jordan Henderson says he is not worried by the return from injury of Reds captain Steven Gerrard and what it might mean for his place in the team.

Henderson started Liverpool's first six Barclays Premier League matches of the season after signing from Sunderland in the summer, but was on the bench for the 2-0 win at Everton last weekend.

Gerrard was also a substitute that day, and he is on the brink of a return to the starting line-up after a lengthy absence with a groin injury.

"I'm not really worried about it," said the 22-year-old Henderson. "It's just part and parcel of football.

"Obviously Stevie is a massive player and is going to play in most games, but I just need to concentrate on what I need to do and make sure I work hard every day in training.

"The derby is a massive game and everybody wants to play in it, so I was a little bit disappointed not to start, but the team did brilliantly and got a great result and I was fortunate to come on as well.

"There were still a lot of positives to come out of the game and hopefully I can start the next one. Given the opportunity, I need to take it and make sure I stay in the team."

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Key Points

  • Henderson happy to fight for starting spot
  • Midfielder started first six matches this season
  • Captain Gerrard nearing full fitness after injury