Liverpool's Jordan Henderson insists he will fight to retain his place in Brendan Rodgers' midfield for the rest of the season.
23-year-old Henderson, who joined the club from Premier League rivals Sunderland in June 2011 for a fee believed to be in the region of £20 million, has endured an inconsistent start to his career at Anfield but was delighted to feature for the full 90 minutes in Saturday's 1-0 win over Stoke City.
The England international, whose significant price tag has seen him subject to particularly intense scrutiny, told the Liverpool Echo: "It is always nice to play. We are a squad and I know there will be times when other people come in. I just have to keep fighting for my place and hopefully stay in the team.
"It was a good start for us and I think we played quite well at times. We had a lot of chances and we should probably have put it to bed a lot earlier but it wasn’t to be.
“The most important thing is to win your first game of the season and that is what we did. We ended last season quite strongly and we have picked up where we left off."
Despite the clash with Mark Hughes' Potters at times providing a touch of uncomfortable deja vu for Rodgers as his side spurned a number of clear goalscoring opportunities, Daniel Sturridge provided a sense of welcome relief for the Northern Irishman shortly before half-time with a long-range effort that flew threw the legs of visiting defender Robert Huth before evading Asmir Begovic in the Stoke goal.
Liverpool's next Premier League fixture sees them travel to Paul Lambert's Aston Villa on Saturday.
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