Saturday 24 March 2018

Henderson: Top four still in Reds' reach

Liverpool midfielder Jordan Henderson insists the players will not give up on their top-four ambitions despite being dealt a potentially decisive blow at home to Arsenal.

The Gunners' stoppage-time 2-1 win at Anfield on Saturday left Kenny Dalglish's side 10 points off Champions League qualification.

And with Stoke only three points behind them, it appears holding on to seventh will be priority. But Henderson said they would continue to set their targets on the top four.

"I don't think it is over. There is plenty of football left," he said.

"We've just got to keep working hard, try to get the right results and keep playing like we did against Arsenal.

"Obviously, we're disappointed with the result because I thought we should have got something out of the game.

"We played some good football and had some good chances but that's the way football goes.

"We've got a big game next week (at Sunderland) and we've got to try to bounce back."

Henderson added: "If we keep playing like that, I am sure we'll get better results.

"I think we can take positives from the performance.

"We'll keep working hard and hopefully next week will be a better result."

Liverpool should have had the match wrapped up by half-time as Dirk Kuyt saw his penalty saved and also hit the post, as did Luis Suarez.

Laurent Koscielny's own goal, after turning in Henderson's cross, was all they had to show for their efforts.

It was a different story at the other end where Robin van Persie headed home Bacary Sagna's cross to convert only one of two chances Arsenal had in the half.

After the break, Liverpool continued to press without creating as many opportunities, and they were hit with the sucker punch in the second of eight minutes of added time when Van Persie volleyed past Jose Reina.

Dalglish refused to be downbeat about the performance, which he described as fantastic.

"They could have lost the two goals and with a bit of luck still come out winners because we made umpteen opportunities but they were not rewarded for their efforts," he said.

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