Jordan Henderson aiming for double figures with Liverpool

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Liverpool midfielder Jordan Henderson has stated that he must improve when going forward, and is aiming to net at least ten times this season, according to his club's official website.

The 24-year-old joined Anfield in 2011 for £16million from Sunderland, but he has netted just fourteen times in all competitions.

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Although he has been one of the club's most consistent players so far this campaign, the England international believes that he must contribute more when going forward, especially with the lack of goals coming from the Liverpool front-men at the moment.

Goal-scoring possibilities

"I think it is achievable," said the Liverpool vice-captain when asked on if he could break the double figure mark.

"I still think I need to improve in that area, which I've said many times before. I need to keep getting better so I continue to work on that. I need to keep getting in the right areas to score goals. Hopefully I can improve on last season and get into double figures.

"In the conversations I've had with the manager, he always wants me to get forward - whatever position I play in - and try to be a threat on goal. I need to keep doing that, it doesn't matter from what position.

"Both are very good for me. It's good to assist and give other people a chance to score, and obviously it's nice to score yourself as well.

"Either or for me, as long as the team are doing well and winning. As a midfielder, you want to be scoring goals and contributing, whether that's assists or goals.

"We've got to take that extra responsibility and make sure we're doing that on a weekly basis. Hopefully I can keep improving in that area and keep contributing to the team."

Further forward

So far this term, Henderson has found himself getting into much more threatening positions when his side are on the attack. Now that Steven Gerrard is playing a deeper role in the centre-of-midfield, it allows Henderson to get forward with more freedom and really help out his team-mates.

The former England U21 captain has struck just once this season, netting the winner in Liverpool's 2-1 victory over West Bromwich Albion. Despite this, the Wearside native has had some good chances, some that should have been finished and he could easily be on a greater number.

He has also very much been contributing to attacks. On multiple occasions the midfielder has hit inch-perfect through balls that have cut open defences, most notably for Raheem Sterling's goal against Southampton.

Response to situation

Liverpool have found the net just ten times in their first seven Premier League fixtures. New striker Mario Balotelli is yet to find his best form on Merseyside and has yet to break his duct after his return to English football.

Fellow new-comer Rickie Lambert has also failed to find his first goal for the club, likewise forward Fabio Borini. It is quite the opposite of last season, when Brendan Rodgers's men fired in 103 top flight goals, with Luis Suarez and Daniel Sturridge sharing 52 between them.

Now that Suarez has left for Barcelona and Sturridge is currently sidelined through injury, the Reds need someone who can step up and start firing.

Henderson role

Henderson has recently been appointed vice-captain of the five time European champions, taking over from Daniel Agger who left to re-join Danish side Brondby. The midfielder has been handed a lot of responsibility at such a young age, especially with defender Martin Skrtel having been at the club for a longer period.

To really show he is worthy of the role, and a replacement as Liverpool skipper when Gerrard retires, Henderson has to take games by the scruff of the neck. Gerrard, at the same age as Henderson, carried Liverpool all the way to win the Champions League.

His goals against Olympiakos in the group stage and AC Milan in the final were pivotal moments for the side, and inspired his team-mates around him. Henderson must accept this responsibility and began to carry his team when things aren't going right.

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