Jordan Henderson previews Merseyside derby as Liverpool close in on title

Jordan Henderson has admitted Liverpool will have to lift themselves for the Merseyside derby in the absence of fans.

The Reds captain could lead his side to the Premier League title at Goodison Park next Sunday.

But there will be no crowd to witness the achievement due to the coronavirus crisis which continues to affect live sport.

And Henderson, who can become the first Liverpool skipper to lift a league trophy since Alan Hansen in 1990, expects the new normal to take some getting used to.

“It’ll be different, of course,” he told Sky Sports. “I can remember playing for England against Croatia behind closed doors with no crowd and it is strange.



Jordan Henderson is on the verge of leading Liverpool to the title

“Fans are a massive part of football and we’re all going to miss them not being in the stadium.

“They play a big part in the performance, especially at Anfield when the crowd get behind you; it’s a difficult place for people to go.

“But we’ve got to try to adapt as best we can, it’s a derby game and you’ve got to go out there to win.

“We’ll be doing everything we can to win and I’m sure Everton will be as well. Hopefully it will still be a good game for people to watch at home.”

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Liverpool can only win the title at the home of their local rivals if Manchester City lose to Arsenal next Wednesday.

Should Pep Guardiola’s side avoid defeat, the league leaders will have to beat Crystal Palace to confirm their status as champions.

Meanwhile, former Liverpool star Steve McManaman admitted playing behind closed doors will take the shine off the club’s title celebrations.



Henderson played for England behind closed doors

“It’ll be fantastic when it happens but the fans are not going to be there,” McManaman, who made over 270 appearances for Liverpool, told the BBC.

“Further down the line, the fans will be allowed in, they can celebrate properly then and have a parade round the city.

“You saw the reaction of the fans when Liverpool brought home the Champions League. If they win the league … they will celebrate, but it won’t be the same as being at the ground and celebrating with the team.”

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