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Jordan Henderson backs big Liverpool response after ‘luck’ admission regarding two-trophy season

Jordan Henderson with his Champions League runners-up medal

Jordan Henderson believes Liverpool did all they could this season but lacked the luck they had in their two other cup finals when it came to the Champions League.

Liverpool missed out on a treble of cups on Saturday when Real Madrid beat them in the Champions League final. After the prospect of a quadruple was on the table for so long, Jurgen Klopp’s side ultimately fell short in the league and in Europe.

Hence, they end the 2021-22 season with just the FA Cup and Carabao Cup trophies. That said, they have had a busy and positive campaign, playing every game available to them.

Therefore, Jordan Henderson wants them to reflect on the season as a successful one. Even so, the captain has admitted their defeat was still tough to take.

“It’s still difficult now to process everything with how the game went in the end. It’s hard to speak about it,” Henderson said.

“I felt as though we had three or four good chances and the keeper (Thibaut Courtois) made world-class saves.

“Hopefully we can have a good break now and then use that to process this season and everything that’s happened and use it to go again next season when we come back.

“We’ve had this feeling before and reacted in the right way. Hopefully we can do the same again; I’m sure we will.

“The mentality and character within the dressing room is outstanding and yes, we will be disappointed, and it’s hard because we have such a long time to think about it now.

“But I can say we’ve given absolutely everything all season and sometimes you can’t do more than that.

“Football’s fine margins, that’s the way it is. We’ve had a little bit of luck in domestic cups on penalties when we won them. Against Real and in the league we didn’t.

“We have to deal with that and use it in the right way and use it to go forward and be stronger and better next season.”

The last time Liverpool lost a Champions League final to Real Madrid, they went on to win the next edition of the tournament.

Jordan Henderson reflects on ‘special’ season and hopes for another

Jordan Henderson, Liverpool captain, duing the Premier League clash against Arsenal at Emirates Stadium

Therefore, there are hopes that Liverpool will be able to be competitive again in the 2022-23 campaign.

Henderson has backed Klopp to galvanise the troops again after their time off. He feels his teammates have given their all and will again when the time comes.

“To be fair, the manager in these situations is really good and he can see the bigger picture. As players it’s really difficult,” Henderson added.

“It will take a little bit of time for us, but I have no doubt we will use it in the right way and use it to be better and stronger.

“We have always reacted in the right way and I am sure we will do it again.

“I hope when we are on holiday and having a break we realise that this season has been special.

“I don’t know when the last time we went to a final or the last game in every single competition was. It shows the mentality and talent of the squad.

“We couldn’t give any more and football is down to fine margins.

“It is really difficult to stand here and be positive, but I really hope in the next few weeks we can look back on the season, it can be a positive one.”

Henderson played 57 times across all competitions for Liverpool this term. It was the busiest campaign of his career and the two trophy lifts were his reward.

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