Jordan Henderson says he is enjoying his football this season after admitting he feels his game is “heading in the right direction”.
The in-form midfielder is hoping to line up for England on Saturday against Malta – an experience he insists is just as enjoyable as playing for the Reds.
Jurgen Klopp’s men sit fourth in the Premier League after an impressive start to the season, with Henderson flourishing in a deeper midfield role after regaining full fitness.
“I have been enjoying it,” he said.
“It is not too much different, just a little bit more disciplined in terms of defensive duties. I have to think about protecting the team more now.
“But I have been enjoying it, I feel as though I have improved in that position over a short space of time and I am learning from the manager and all his staff.
“I feel as if I am going in the right direction with it. I just need to continue with it.”
Henderson on Iceland exit
Henderson will hope England can forget their recent troubles with a good display against Malta on Saturday evening at Wembley.
The midfielder, an unused substitute in England’s 2-1 loss to Iceland, has recalled his vivid memories of the dressing room that night in Nice.
“It was a horrible place to be,” he said.
“We felt we had let ourselves down, we had let the country down, the manager – everyone, really. People were emotional.
“I think the manager was emotional with the talk that he gave afterwards. It wasn’t nice to see. Everyone is human. Sometimes people think we are machines and they can just chuck everything at whoever the manager is and criticise.
“But, at the end of the day, I can tell you we do care. In that dressing room afterwards, it wasn’t a nice place to be.
“But there is only us who can turn that around. We have got to use that in the future as a positive to turn it around.
“Hopefully we can look back at that one day after a lot of better things have happened.”