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Extra sessions help Henderson find form

4 April 2013 14:52

Liverpool midfielder Jordan Henderson said the secret to his recent goalscoring exploits is extra work on finishing at training.

The England international has forced his way into manager Brendan Rodgers' plans since the turn of the year with a series of energetic displays in the middle of the park.

And after finding the back of the net during the club's 2-1 win over Aston Villa on Saturday with a superbly taken finish - taking his tally to three in the league for the campaign - Henderson has admitted his progress in front of goal is down to the fact that he frequently practices it after training is over.

"A lot of players do extra training. I tend to work on my finishing," Henderson told Liverpool's official magazine.

"I think it's important as a midfielder to contribute goals. The goalkeepers stay behind with Mike Marsh along with a few of us. I think I need to improve in a lot of areas.

"Scoring goals is one of them. It's such an important part of football. If a manager knows he can rely on a midfielder to score a few, it means he's likely to play a lot."

After finding himself confined solely to the Europa League at the start of the season, Henderson has managed to become an integral part of the club's league plans in recent months. And despite an upturn in form, he is refusing to get carried away with all the plaudits.

Henderson added: "You have to find a consistency. Even when you are doing well you can't afford to get too carried away and have too much of a high.

"But when you're on a low you can't get too down. If you've got a balanced outlook, it helps.

"You need to be on the same path and keep yourself down to the ground. Especially when you're at a big club like Liverpool, everything is scrutinised by people.

"You've got to perform every week and if you don't do that, there's a chance you won't get picked or you'll be brought off quickly. The sooner you get your head around that, the better."

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