Liverpool have started this Premier League season better than their 2013-14 campaign, reckons captain Jordan Henderson.
The Reds, led by a rampaging Luis Suarez, finished two points behind champions Manchester City that season, and were in the driver’s seat until the final weeks when a home loss against Chelsea and shock draw at Crystal Palace derailed their hopes.
Liverpool are co-leaders along with Man City and Arsenal after 10 rounds in 2016-17, and Henderson says Jurgen Klopp’s side are off to a better start than Brendan Rodgers’ bunch three seasons ago.
“I don’t think we started that one as well as we have started this year,” Henderson told Sky Sports.
“This season I feel like we have really come out of the traps flying. We have bought into what the manager wants us to do.
“We have just got to keep the momentum going and keep working hard.”
Liverpool missed out on all European competition last year, and have benefited from the extra rest — though Henderson cautioned they aren’t inactive in the days between Prem matches.
“It’s definitely not rest!” Henderson added. “Of course we would rather be playing in the Champions League, but while we are not in that we have got to optimise the opportunity by using the training weeks to our advantage the best that we can.
“It’s all about preparing. We get more training sessions and that’s really helping us. We have really benefited from that this season as we are preparing the whole week for most of the games. We are looking at the set-up and how we want to play against that particular team.
“On those days when other teams might be playing in Europe we are working like it’s a matchday in terms of intensity on those Tuesdays and Wednesdays.
“It’s hard work but we are also doing tactical work too. That’s been very beneficial.”
Liverpool have lost only once this season over 13 matches in all competitions — a shock 2-0 defeat at Burnley.
“I still don’t know to this day how we lost that 2-0,” concluded Henderson.