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Friday 27 April 2018

Jordan: I'll do Bruce no favours

Liverpool midfielder Jordan Henderson is the first to acknowledge the part Steve Bruce played in his career, but that is as far as the appreciation will go ahead of Sunday's reunion with his former manager.

Henderson (pictured) has not forgotten the helping hand he received from Bruce, but will be focused on helping the Reds return to winning ways against Hull.

"I was at Sunderland with Steve Bruce, who I thought was brilliant for Sunderland and me personally," said the 23-year-old.

"I've got a lot to thank him for but hopefully we beat him on Sunday.

"I know Steve Bruce well and he will have Hull ready for it.

"They are a very solid team with a physical presence. They will be up for it against a team like Liverpool and it certainly won't be an easy game.

"We just have to look at ourselves and make sure we do the right things.

"We are second in the league and we have to make sure we continue in the way we have started the season."

BLUES FEAR JOSE AXE

Chelsea's stars can have no complaints if Jose Mourinho wields the axe after lacklustre defeat in Basle, according to Cesar Azpilicueta.

The Brazilian defender admitted Chelsea manager Mourinho will be well within his rights to make wholesale changes after Tuesday's 1-0 loss.

Chelsea host Southampton in the Premier League on Sunday and Azpilicueta rejected the suggestion players will have any cause for frustration if overlooked.

He said: "The manager decides about that (team selection).

"Sometimes he makes changes, sometimes more, sometimes less, it depends on how he sees us and the way we have performed.

"He is the manager and will try to do the best for our team."

Azpilicueta also refused to accept that fatigue played a part in Chelsea's Champions League loss in Switzerland.

"We are a little bit tired, but that's normal," he said.

"The most important thing is the mental approach, to forget the tiredness of the body."

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