Football

'GERRARD DESERVES TITLE'

Henderson wants to help Liverpool skipper end long wait for winner's medal

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Liverpool midfielder Jordan Henderson admits nothing would give him greater pleasure than helping captain Steven Gerrard end his long wait for an English Premier League title.

A domestic championship is the only gap in the 33-year-old's trophy CV but, this season, he is as close as ever to ending that drought.

Henderson admits that the squad are having to keep their title dreams in check, but does not hide from the fact that every player dreams of topping the table.

"He was brilliant for us against Sunderland (in their 2-1 midweek win) and, if anyone deserves a league title, it is him," he said.

"We have all dreamed of winning the Premier League title and no one deserves it more than him.We are doing it for ourselves, our families, the fans, the club and for him as well.

"Obviously we are dreaming and believing because all you want to do as a footballer is win the Premier League, that is one of your dreams."

Manager Brendan Rodgers has worked hard to minimise the pressure and expectation on his side but, as the games tick down and the Reds remain within touching distance of leaders Chelsea, the focus on Anfield intensifies.

"You have to not listen to the news or read papers and just concentrate on your football, enjoy going into training and working hard. And we have been doing that all season, so there is no reason to change it and it is in our routine now," added the England international.

"A lot of people are going to talk, dream and believe outside the club and that's fine. We can dream but, at the same time, we have to keep our feet on the ground.

"We have always got to believe, especially with it being so tight. We have seven big games left and Tottenham are our main focus.

"We have to win every game, I don't think there is any room for slip-ups. All season, we have felt we could go into games and win and so we have to do the same for the last seven games."

Tottenham visit Anfield tonight looking to avenge a 5-0 thrashing at White Hart Lane, a result which made the rest of the Premier League sit up and take notice of what was emerging from the red half of Merseyside.

The Reds' last outing was a less-spectacular 2-1 victory over Sunderland in midweek and Henderson stressed not every match was going to be plain sailing - especially with title rivals Chelsea and Manchester City still to come at home.

"City and Chelsea are big games, but Tottenham is just as big as those because they will come here and make it difficult because they are a good team," Henderson said.

"People will expect big things, but we have to focus on each game as it comes and keep putting in good performances and working well together, that is our main aim." - PA Sport.