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Liverpool aim to bounce back in Europa League

Liverpool's Fabio Borini

Liverpool's Fabio Borini

Liverpool midfielder Jordan Henderson believes Thursday night’s Europa League tie in St Petersburg provides a chance to put their surprise defeat to West Brom behind them.

The Reds dominated at Anfield - Steven Gerrard having a penalty saved by Ben Foster - but were stung by goals in the last nine minutes from Gareth McAuley and Romelu Lukaku.

That ended a run of three successive home victories, in which they had scored 12 and not conceded, and came after encouraging back-to-back draws against Arsenal and Manchester City in their previous two matches.

With the confidence bubble burst and hopes of a top-four finish in tatters, trailing Tottenham by 12 points with a dozen games remaining, Henderson believes a return to European action can provide an important boost.

“We just have to keep going, keep our heads up and bounce back from this,” the England international said ahead of the trip to face Zenit St Petersburg.

“We just have to stay positive and think about the next game now which is Zenit in the Europa League on Thursday night.

“We know the European game is important as well but I think every game is important to be honest.

“We will keep improving and make sure we keep going in the right direction.

“Hopefully we can improve, get some better results in the league and look to close that gap.

“We have to take each game as it comes and play well every week and hopefully we will get better results than last night.”

West Brom arrived at Anfield with a gameplan to press and stifle and they achieved that to a greater extent, although they were indebted to Foster for a string of saves to keep the scores level.

Liverpool missed the cutting edge provided by £12million January signing Daniel Sturridge, who was sidelined with a thigh injury after scoring four goals in six appearances.

“Daniel is a quality player and everyone has seen that since he’s come in,” added Henderson.

“You obviously miss good players and that was the case.

“We’re all very disappointed. We had a few chances in the game but we just couldn’t take them.

“We just have to stay positive and concentrate on the next game.”

Forward Fabio Borini is looking for a personal boost from the Europa League having struggled to get up to match sharpness after his return from a broken foot in recent weeks.

“It has been very helpful to my career,” he said.

“You have to take care of not conceding first and then you think about scoring because not to concede away goals is important.”

 

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