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Henderson motivation for daunting double


Jordan Henderson

Jordan Henderson


Jordan Henderson

Liverpool midfielder Jordan Henderson has urged his team-mates to use their disappointment at Newcastle as extra motivation for a daunting double.

The Merseysiders lost 1-0 at St James' Park on Saturday as their lack of cutting edge without the departed Luis Suarez and the injured Daniel Sturridge was exposed once again.

However, they have little time to lick their wounds with a Champions League trip to Real Madrid looming tomorrow ahead of Saturday's visit of Premier League leaders Chelsea to Anfield.

Henderson said: "They are two big games, two games to show that we can score goals and defend better.

"We'll look forward to that still. We'll work hard during the week and put in two good performances, hopefully, against two top teams."

That, however, may be easier said than done with manager Brendan Rodgers admitting as he started to analyse an unproductive day on Tyneside that "80 per cent" of last season's goals had been taken out of his team with the absence of SAS double-act Suarez and Sturridge.

Henderson said: "I felt as though we started the game well and we quietened the crowd down, kept the ball. But the ball wasn't the problem - we were dominating the game through possession, but it was just getting into that final third and creating an opening. We'll have to improve on that and kick on for the next game."

That next game - Real at the Bernabeu - could hardly be any more difficult with the Spaniards having won 3-0 on Merseyside at a canter On October 22, and clear-cut chances are likely to be even more difficult to come by.

However, Henderson insists that is a collective responsibility despite the growing pressure on summer signing Balotelli. He said: "It's down to the whole team, to make runs in behind and create lots of options and movement and combination play as well."