Liverpool midfielder Jordan Henderson hosted a clear-the-air meeting with his team-mates to secure their first league victory of 2017.
The Reds’ torrid start to the new year has become a huge concern, missing out on the Capital One cup final and losing significant ground in the Premier League title race.
But on Thursday, club captain Henderson stood up in the dressing room to deliver an inspirational talk to rejuvenate a faltering Liverpool side.
Once the midfielder had his say, fellow players aired their concerns and it appears that the meeting has been a rousing success, beating fellow title contenders Tottenham 2-0 at the weekend thanks to both fight and desire.
Adam Lallana praised the meeting after the Liverpool’s first league victory of the year, stating: “Every now and again, it doesn’t hurt to speak about it. If anyone has anything to say — as long as it’s not personal, just professional — there is no harm to remind each other of what we need to do.
“You saw everyone was fighting for each other. We were backs against the wall, we hadn’t won in January in the league. So big credit to Jordan. He wanted it to happen. It wasn’t just him who spoke, the senior players spoke, the non-senior players, everyone. It was good, refreshing.
“Sometimes it doesn’t hurt just to speak about it. Yes, we are in a difficult place, and at times it feels like it’s us against the world when things aren’t going well. There was a sense of everyone coming together. Credit to everyone for performing like they did.”
Liverpool have however been here before. They have picked up 16 points from their showdowns against Top six sides, however, they faltered against the poorer teams in the league.
And Henderson insists that Liverpool must rectify this and become more consistent to finish in the top four this season.
“That needs to change quickly. We need to solve that issue, really,” he said.
“But if we keep playing [like] that, it doesn’t matter who it’s against, that’s the level set.
“We need to play like that every week no matter who it is we play against and that’s what we try to do from now until the end of the season.”