Liverpool need to play “clever football” to beat Sunderland – Jordan Henderson

on 29.12.2015

Jordan Henderson is backing Sam Allardyce to keep home-town club Sunderland in the Barclays Premier League—but is determined to pile on the misery on his return to the Stadium of Light.

LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - Sunday, November 29, 2015: Liverpool's captain Jordan Henderson in action against Swansea City during the Premier League match at Anfield. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

The 25-year-old Liverpool skipper and his team-mates head to Wearside on Wednesday evening determined to build upon their 1-0 victory over leaders Leicester by condemning the Black Cats to a fifth successive defeat.

Henderson came through the ranks at Sunderland before earning a B£16million switch to Anfield in June 2011, but he will have only one aim in mind this week.

Asked about Allardyce, he said: “He’s a good enough manager to keep them up, but the only thing that will be on my mind will be to get the three points.”

Liverpool’s win over the Foxes was their first in five attempts in all competitions and followed a shock 3-0 defeat at promoted Watford.

Henderson admitted the Reds had to play clever football to see off Leicester, and he is expecting to have to do much the same at Sunderland if they are to prosper once again.

LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - Boxing Day, Saturday, December 26, 2015: Liverpool's manager Jürgen Klopp celebrates the 1-0 victory over Leicester City with captain Jordan Henderson during the Premier League match at Anfield. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

He said: “We need to be more clever. With the conditions at Watford and the wind, we tried to over-play at times and that sort of killed us.

“We need to play more clever football, which is what we did against Leicester by playing in behind their defence more, and that gave us a platform.

“We will have to be clever again at Sunderland because it will be a difficult game for us, so we need to make sure we do the same as we did against Leicester.

“We need to find different solutions in games and make sure we win the battle.”

The Boxing Day victory was secured by striker Christian Benteke‘s first league goal since October after he came off the bench to replace the injured Divock Origi.

With Daniel Sturridge, like Origi, recovering from a hamstring problem, the Belgium international could get the nod this time around, and Henderson is hoping the end of his drought will provide a welcome boost.

He said: “All strikers want to be scoring goals and I am sure that one will give him confidence.”


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  1. Good to hear this. At least they realise that a one size fits all approach doesn’t suit all teams. We need players who can think on their feet when conditions in the game are dynamic and constantly evolving.

    • Expect Alardyce will try to bully us, esp players like Cou, Firmino or lallana…
      Expect the pitch to be terrible and quick smooth passing close to impossible.

      • I’m sure Big Sam is stomping on the ground right now and spreading his potato chips all over the place.

        As for the bullying, I think Kloppo has it figured with his “second ball” comment in the presser.

          • “big bus”? Honestly, that’s the first time I’ve heard anyone describe Fat Sam as a big bus.

            Very apt. The only problem is no one wants to get on…and everyone wants to get off! He’s also adamant on having an English driver and bus conductor!

  2. The boost in confidence didn’t seem to do Benteke any good when faced with an open goal just 30 mins later!

    • and it was Benteke’s goal give us the boost, strange you can mention his miss but fail to mention his very good goal

      • The comment was in regards to a confidence boost following his goal, therefore my not talking about the goal itself is not strange at all

        • maybe strange was the wrong way to describe your comment, very selective comes to mind, or even amateurish may be a more accurate description of your meaningless comment.

          • nope, my comment was just on topic and displayed reading comprehension ability beyond a primary school level

    • The manager is still getting used to PL physical style… he surely knows what he’s facing but the solutions are not easy to find, and then lot of explaining and training is required….
      Klopp needs time, that’s why he asked for patience even after beating Chelsea and City.

      • absolutely, as for PL and Jürgen being so emotional it is also important for him to “feel” the opponents, what´s happening at their stadiums, how do fans react, what differences are in their playstyles home and away etc., still a learning curve for him and not all can be done from video analysis

    • I have to agree? What is clever football all about? Did Watford and Crystal palace play clever football while we decided not to? The other week someone was saying we need to play easy football? What is that all about? The basic idea of football is to pass and move and score goals and the team should be clever and make it look easy. It is so simple!

        • Of course! I take it you are only a youngster? There is a lot to say about modern methods and lots of waffle but look at how we used to play when we won more than we do now! Football is a simple game based on the giving and taking of passes, of controlling the ball and of making yourself available to receive a pass. It is terribly simple.

          Bill Shankly

          What has changed?

          • spuddy by name and spud for brains, just for the record I was at Anfield when Shanks was in charge, I bet you were still a twinkle in your da’s eyes then

          • No mate I was first at Anfield in 1961! And you should know better! As for suggesting I have no brains Why? You seem to lack intelligence. I thought people became more respectful with age you seem to have missed out on that one! Thank you and a Happy New year! Liverpool are winning at the moment if you are missing the game!

  3. This is a must win game!!we need the three points!!with the spuds looking increasingly good,and united tumbling,a three points is a must to go level with the scum into the 2H of the season!!let’s go you Reds!!

  4. all they have to do is remember it doesn’t take 30 passes to get the ball into their half of the pitch, cut out all the tiki taki, sh-t that was instilled into them, no point having 80% of the possession if the opposition lob a few long balls up and win 1-0, wouldn’t it be nice to have a good finisher waiting to put the ball away, time for Benteke to get his act together.

  5. Are we back to one fit striker option again?! Silly really! Anyway does this mean Sinclair might get a go on the bench? Or will Firmino be the striker back up? He’s a little quiet for me at the moment, hoping he finds those hoffenhiemer scoring boots! Must have got misplaced in the move

  6. We need to win two-nil to start 2016 with postive GD…and 8-0 to pip Manscums.

    Get in lads, a really good time in the next few weeks to knock em off the perch.

  7. A must win and no excuse if we dont. Sunderland are pants and should be a rollover for us BUT this is us and the inconsistency beggars belief at times. When we click we spank teams so lets just hope we dont cluck and get spanked.

  8. The big WIND Frank and the hoofball whoppers of Sunderland will be a nightmare for Liverpool tonight. The exciting Borini will probably bag a couple also. Then of course BIG Andy Carroll is waiting to destroy our weak defense on Saturday….bad week coming up for Liverpool, again.

  9. Liverpool will win by 3 goals. One from a free kick, one from the 10th corner kick, and one from a header by Firmino or Coutinho.

  10. Anything but a win would be an embarrassment. Sunderland are absolutey hopeless and if we can’t beat them then the players should have to walk back to Liverpool.

    • It’s more difficult than that with a relegation squad, wind and hoof ball. That dodgy squad left by Rodgers is abysmal….although fans on here said Klopp inherited a really good squad!

      • Not going back to the rodgers merry go round again…. we all need to move on from that….but Klopp himself has said more than once he completely believes in this sqaud of players….(which does suprise me quite a bit) but time will tell…….i agree with the hoofing ball’s on a windy night not to mention the sam allardyce team.

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