Liverpool captain Jordan Henderson opens up on Fulham draw
The skipper, himself came close to scoring a wonder goal from just outside the box during the dying minutes of the game. But the crossbar denied him a moment that could have stayed in memory for years to come.
The fact that this passage of play was in 90+5 minutes, it could have turned out to bet the winner for us as well. Given that we trailed twice on the night, securing all three poins at the death would have been a morale booster.
A rolling ball, just at the edge of the box and Henderson latched onto the shot pretty well, but the ball dipped and hit the crossbar and then out of play. The angle for the shot was pretty similar to his goals last season vs Crystal Palace, Everton, and in the Champions League vs AC Milan at Anfield.
“When it was rolling, I felt as though I had a sniff. I caught it quite well, I think if it was just a bit more left it might have went in, but unfortunately I don’t know whether [the ’keeper] touched it or it just hit the bar. But [it’s] fine margins.”
Henderson, besides the late attempt at goal, had a pretty abysmal performance and our midfield was completely exposed by Fulham. This was especially true in the first half.
With Darwin Nunez’s and Mohamed Salah’s goals fetching Liverpool the solitary point, Henderson also pointed out on how important it is to get back in shape before the next game vs Crystal Palace.
“There’s still a long way to go and we need to improve quickly. We’ve got a decent seven or eight days now to prepare for the next game, so we need to use that as much as we can.”
Given that it is just the first game of the season, there’s still a long way to go for Liverpool. Furthermore, the injury situation at Anfield does not make things any easier.
Ageing Midfield a concern for Liverpool?
Injuries and ageing midfield are two separate issues the club needs to look at. Most of Liverpool’s starting midfield is on the wrong side of the thirties and we must look to sign long-term replacements for them.
Ismael Bennacer and Marcelo Brozovic are two players who have been linked with us. Given their experience, either star could prove to be an inspired addition.
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With a long season ahead, Liverpool would hope to take this game out of their heads soon and go into the rest of the games with a fresh approach. Henderson and co have achieved some icnredible feats in the last few years and it is time to channel that belief. We go again.