Jordan Henderson says West Brom win can be turning point

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Jordan Henderson thinks that Liverpool's victory over West Bromwich Albion on Saturday can be the result that kick-starts their season, after a fairly dismal start to the 2014/15 campaign.

The Reds had started this season slowly prior to their 2-1 victory over the Baggies, having picked up just seven points in their first six league games. 

The Liverpool vice-captain is aware that the Merseyside club have had a below-par beginning to this term, however after an improved performance on Saturday, the 24-year-old believes his side can hit the ground running after the international break.

“This can be a springboard for us,” Henderson told the Liverpool Echo.

“I think our performances can be better but the three points was vital. This was all about the win.

“Obviously we’ve missed a couple of big players and when they come back in after the internationals it will be a big boost for us. Hopefully there will be some big results coming up and we can kick on. We have a lot of quality in the group and things can change very quickly.

“I don’t think we have been poor by any means this season. You look at Tottenham away where we were very good and we were very good at home to Everton. I felt last week we did enough, we were better than Everton and should have won, but that’s football and it’s hard sometimes. We had to take than on the chin.

“We are not at the performance level we were last season on a consistent basis but we will get back to that.

“We have enough quality in the team to get back to where we were and we just have to keep working hard on the training pitch, keep winning games and it will come.”

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Better performance

Liverpool did significantly improve on Saturday against West Brom. The Reds looked a lot more relaxed from the start and played at a quicker tempo which has been the key element missing at Anfield of late.

The five time European Cup winners were a much bigger threat going forward - Adam Lallana pulled the strings in midfield, Sterling was again busy out wide and Rickie Lambert, who came in for Mario Balotelli, showed excellent movement missing a few chances.

Balotelli also looked much more relaxed when replacing Lambert in the second half, and one suspects that he did not realise that the former Southampton man could pose a serious threat to his place in Brendan Rodgers' starting XI.

Henderson himself was instrumental in midfield, getting up and down like a workhorse. He was always of aid when the away side were on the break and offered full support when Liverpool were going forward.

The former Sunderland man linked cleverly with Lallana for the £25 million signing's first goal at his new club and slotted his own effort home very well in the 62nd minute to wrap up the three points and leapfrog to ninth in the table.

Injury list 

Liverpool still remain without several players due to injury and have struggled due to the lack of depth in their squad.

Daniel Sturridge bagged 21 Premier League goals last term, despite being in Luis Saurez's shadow for the most part and he will make a massive difference upon his return.

Sturridge offers so much on the attack as he is a menace for any defender - his pace and quick feet are just two of the many attributed he possesses and will likely link up well with Balotelli.

Midfield duo Emre Can and Joe Allen have also been sidelined since the last international break in September and they will offer Liverpool strengh in the centre of the pitch. Steven Gerrard is now in his twilight years of his career aged 34 and should not be playing every minute of every game.

Unfortunately, Rodgers has been forced to have to play the Liverpool captain all the time and not allow him any rest time due to the lack of reinforcements available. With the duo on the comeback trail, it will take added pressure on both Gerrard and the Northern Irishman and will also give the Liverpool boss more options in the midfield.

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