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Jordan Henderson believes Liverpool have the edge over Manchester City

Updated: Saturday, 12 Apr 2014 13:32 | Comments

Jordan Henderson believes Liverpool can beat Manchester City to extend their lead over their title rivals
Jordan Henderson believes Liverpool can beat Manchester City to extend their lead over their title rivals

Midfielder Jordan Henderson believes Liverpool can more than match Manchester City when it comes to quality, but believes the Reds' pressing game and home advantage may give them the edge on Sunday.

Brendan Rodgers' side were unlucky to lose 2-1 in their first meeting on St Stephen's Day, but most City players who left the Etihad Stadium that night were of the opinion the Merseysiders were the best team they had faced on home soil.

On their own turf Liverpool are an even more fearsome proposition as they have dropped just five points there all season, a home record bettered only by City themselves.

And Henderson believes a fervent Anfield crowd will only spur on the players more to make a significant statement against their title rivals.

"They have some very good players. Yaya Toure is one of them, but they have other great players in other areas so everyone needs to make sure they are ready and I am sure we will be and right up for it," said the England international.

"We have some good players ourselves and if everyone performs to the best of their ability we will have a good chance.

"We have a lot of young lads in the team with a lot of energy and great work-rate, so I think that has really showed, pressing high up the pitch.

"Steven Gerrard has been fantastic in the deeper (midfield) role, expressing his passing, and that has been a major point for us.
"We are full of confidence at the minute and we are playing some great stuff and working really well for each other.

"We have to keep doing what we have done all season.

"We have been really high on confidence and flying all season, so hopefully we will keep that going and give everything for the game.

"It is a big game, but at the same time we have five big games left.
"It is very important game, it is a massive one, but we have to treat it as another game.

"The fans have always been brilliant, but I am sure it will be bouncing again on Sunday and they give us a little advantage."

Henderson has become a key component in Liverpool's way of working, with his high-energy game ideally suited to harassing opponents with the ball and breaking quickly from midfield.

It is a far cry from last season when he struggled to get a game early on in Rodgers' first few months in charge and was offered a way out with a move to Fulham.

Now he is destined to go to the World Cup with England this summer and could be one of Roy Hodgson's first-choice midfielders.

Henderson feels much more at home and comfortable with his role and is now looking to help out others, whereas 18 months ago he was looking for support himself.

"I have enjoyed playing football, I have improved as the season has gone on and I feel a lot more confident," he added.

"But that is just down to learning from the lads and everyone fighting together in training.

"I feel as though I can help the team in games and I try to help other people as much as I can and that goes for everyone.

"You can see everyone is in it together."

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