Pep Guardiola looks home and hosed – but Jordan Henderson insists Liverpool will not concede the title race to Manchester City until the mathematicians lay down their calculators.
City’s 13-point lead looks impregnable, but the race for second place could hinge on Liverpool’s trip to Old Trafford a week on Saturday.
Henderson said: “You’ve got to keep going – Manchester City have a healthy gap at the top, and the title is theirs to lose more than anything – but we are Liverpool. We can’t just give up.
“As a club, we have a lot to play for until the end of the season, in terms of Premier League points and, hopefully, more games in the Champions League.
“We’ve got a healthy squad who want to work hard, to win, and it’s still pretty tight in terms of finishing in the top four.
“We go to Manchester United in about 10 days – that’s always a massive game, and this season is no different. It could have a big influence on where we finish.”
Klopp was always the special one for Liverpool
Jordan Henderson knew Jurgen Klopp would be a perfect fit for Liverpool before the German had even set foot at Anfield.
As an intrigued punter, Henderson flew out to Spain and watched Klopp’s Borussia Dortmund survive a Champions League siege in the Bernabeu to beat Real Madrid (Cristiano Ronaldo, right, included) 4-3 on aggregate in a thrilling semi-final five years ago. The German side had beaten Jose Mourinho’s Madrid 4-1 in the first leg thanks to four goals from Robert Lewandoski.
England star Henderson (above, with Klopp) said: “I knew he was special before I even started working with him. His team was outstanding that night in Madrid.
“Although they lost the final against Bayern Munich at Wembley, as a team they were exceptional. You could see how organised they were, how hard they worked for each other. A lot of that was down to Jurgen Klopp.
“A lot of people admired his work at Dortmund and when he came to Liverpool I knew how special he would be. I couldn’t wait to start working with him in training and be part of something special – and I still feel the team he is building at Anfield can be very special in the near future.”
Porto job needs to be completed
Only an unthinkable collapse at home next week will deny Liverpool – five goals to the good from the away leg against Porto – a place in the Champions League quarter-finals.
None of the continent’s big guns will fancy running the gauntlet of Jurgen Klopp’s rampant forwards and the heavy-metal atmosphere only Anfield can generate on European nights.
Jordan Henderson (in the heat of Merseyside derby action, below)agreed. “Let’s take nothing for granted because we have to finish the job in the second leg against Porto next week, but there are not many teams who would want to draw Liverpool at the minute,” he said.
“We’re confident that we’re capable of beating anyone if we play well.
“I’ve been here at Liverpool for nearly seven years and I’ve had some good times, but there’s a lot more I want to achieve.
“Year by year I feel I’ve improved as a player but you are judged on what you do as a team and I feel we belong among the top teams in the world.
“It’s about giving everything to make it happen so we can be the best in the Premier League, and also the best in Europe, over the next couple of years.
“We’re going in the right direction.”