Date of publication: Saturday, April 13, 2019 8:49.
Liverpool captain Jordan Henderson has unfinished business with Chelsea, as the 2014 loss to José Mourinho's team, which sank his candidacy for the Premier League title, still hurts.
England's suspended midfielder could only look helpless from the stand when the 2-0 reverse of the top-ranked Reds at Anfield ended a streak of 11 straight wins and handed the initiative to eventual champion Manchester City.
Brendan Rodgers' team squandered a 3-0 lead to draw with Crystal Palace, as they attacked too much to try to improve a goal difference lower than City's, but that was a result of not being able to score at least one point. at home against Chelsea, second placed, who would have kept his destiny in his own hands.
"It was hard to watch, it was a tough time to lose those games at a crucial moment, Chelsea went to do a job and they did it well," said Henderson, who along with goalkeeper Simon Mignolet and Daniel Sturridge are the three survivors of the squad. 2014.
"I was on the edge of great time." I could feel it with the crowd as well when they were wasting time in the first few minutes.
"For me it's just another thing I've used to continue and channel all my energy to keep winning games and succeed for Liverpool.
"This is a fantastic team, but it's a big month for us as a team and we hope we can continue to act and win to get the results we need to overcome the line."
"You want to win trophies, especially when you're in this football club.
"I try to use that time as an experience and I try to help the boys in the best way I can." It's a new chapter and a new team. "
There is a key difference between the 2014 side and the current version and that is their defensive stability.
Rodgers' team played exciting football, highlighted by the fact that they scored 101 goals that season. His fall was at the other end where they awarded 50.
They also failed to manage the frustration accumulated by Mourinho's ultra-defensive tactics in a game that is now famous for Steven Gerrard's slip just inside his own half, which allowed Demba Ba to make the crucial break just before the interval.
Opposition fans, and not just Chelsea, continue to bother Liverpool with a song about the incident, but Henderson insists that they are better prepared to face the expectation and frustration this time.
"I still felt we had that belief when we went for the title a few years ago, but we were not as strong as we would have liked," Henderson added.
"I do not like to compare, it's a totally different team.
"The biggest difference between the team now compared to the team back then is that on the defensive we are much stronger and we are conceding a lot less goals, which is very important in the Premier League."
"For us, it's about focusing on ourselves and concentrating on what we have to do, we need to keep winning.
"I wish the City slips at some point during the course but, for us, it's about winning our own games.
"If we focus on our actions, then everything else takes care of itself."