Henderson optimistic about 2014 prospects

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After a hard-earned 2-0 win against Hull on New Years Day, Jordan Henderson told the Liverpool Echo that he had a positive feel about the next 12 months.

The win against the Tigers came after Brendan Rodgers' side had suffered back-to-back 2-1 away defeats to title challengers Chelsea and Man City, showing the Reds' strong morale this season.

"I thought we matched them [Man City & Chelsea], in the two games. We just didn't get the bit of luck that we deserved. Henderson told the paper.

"We're back in the top four and I definitely believe we can stay there. Now we've got to keep it going and try to kick on for the rest of the season."

This season has seen Henderson live up to his £20million move from Sunderland, after he had initially failed to impress in his previous two seasons at Anfield.

Starting 24 times in all competitions, Rodgers has the young England international playing well alongside Steven Gerrard - when the captain is fit, of course. Henderson has chipped in with two goals from centre midfield this term, and has helped his side with five assists in the Premier League.

The new year sees Liverpool play their next two league fixtures at Anfield, against Aston Villa and Merseyside rivals Everton. Three points in both these fixtures will help Rodgers keep up the chase for the title, with both table-toppers Arsenal and second-place Manchester City competing in the Champions League knockout stages later on in year.

With the top clubs competing in European competition, Liverpool could capitalise on this with their focus solely on the league. With the top clubs likely to suffer from overplaying, the Reds should be well placed to strike.

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