Liverpool midfielder Jordan Henderson reveals: 'Sometimes I need people to tell me to rest'
The England midfielder has been one of the driving forces in Liverpool's impressive campaign
Wednesday 26 February 2014
Liverpool midfielder Jordan Henderson's high-tempo, all-action game may have impressed many and put him on the verge of a trip to the World Cup with England but his club coaches have a problem getting him to slow down.
The 23-year-old, the Reds' match-winner in Sunday's thrilling 4-3 victory at home to Swansea, has taken his performances up a level this season and he is now seen as a key component in Brendan Rodgers' game-plan.
Further England recognition is likely to come - national team boss Roy Hodgson announces his squad for next week's friendly against Denmark on Thursday - and Henderson playing his way into the World Cup party represents a significant turnaround.
Rodgers was prepared to allow the midfielder to leave when he took over at Anfield in the summer of 2012, but Henderson was determined to be a success at the club and pledged to work hard to regain his place.
That has paid off but the player has revealed that occasionally he needs protecting from his own work ethic.
"Sometimes I need people to tell me to rest," he said.
"After training sometimes I like to do a little bit extra. A few of us do a bit of shooting or whatever it might be but sometimes you need to give your legs a rest and prepare for the game in the best way that you can.
"We have the right people at the club to tell you when you can and when you can't do the extra bit."
The additional hours spent out on the field at the club's Melwood training ground are paying dividends with Henderson on track to better his six goals - his best return for a campaign - of last season with a tally of four so far.
His winner against Swansea, his second in the game, could yet prove to be his most important as it allowed fourth-placed Liverpool to open up a six-point cushion over nearest rivals Tottenham in the race to regain Champions League football.
It also kept Liverpool within four points of Premier League leaders Chelsea and Henderson insists they will keep pushing for the best possible outcome.
"There is a lot of confidence in the group but there always has been throughout the season," he told liverpoolfc.com.
"We have to keep that going and we are working well together as a team and keep believing we can finish as high as we can."
Goalkeeper Simon Mignolet believes the spirit within the squad means Liverpool will never accept a losing position during a game.
"It's not only on the pitch, it's also on the training ground - we go until the end and everybody works really hard," he said.
"Even in small training games we want to win every single game - that's the spirit of the squad.
"We know that we'll work for the full 90 minutes, until the last minute of the game.
"There have been a few occasions now where we have got a result in the end out of positions where we weren't getting a result.
"Hopefully we can keep that going until the last game of the season."
Latest in Sport
Ireland v England Six Nations match preview: What time does it start and where can I watch it?
Chelsea vs Tottenham combined XI: Hugo Lloris or Thibaut Courtois? Willian or Christian Eriksen? Who makes the final cut?
Manchester United vs Sunderland match report: Wayne Rooney scores twice but referee Roger East sends off Wes Brown instead of John O'Shea
Scotland vs Italy match report: Italians stun Murrayfield as Scots clinch defeat from the jaws of victory
Manchester United player ratings: Just how bad was Angel Di Maria to be withdrawn at half-time?
- 2 Raif Badawi, the Saudi Arabian blogger sentenced to 1,000 lashes, may now face the death penalty
- 3 PornHub turns masturbation into energy in bid to save the planet
- 4 Robert Mugabe eats a zoo for 'obscene' 91st birthday party
New theory could prove how life began and disprove God
This is what it's like to be dead, according to a guy who died for a bit
'Cash for access' scandal: Sir Malcolm Rifkind says 'unrealistic' for MPs to live on £67,000 salary
'Jihadi John': CAGE representative storms off Sky News accusing Kay Burley of Islamophobia
Ukip would cut billions from Scottish budget to fund English tax cuts
Russia's roadmap for annexing eastern Ukraine 'leaked from Vladimir Putin's office'