England were involved in a 0-0 stalemate against Croatia in a game which was played behind closed doors and Liverpool skipper, Jordan Henderson’s comments were in stark contrast to his manager
The result left England and Croatia both at 1 point each after two games played. Spain comfortably lead the group with 6 points, having won both of their games. Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp had earlier slammed the tournament saying that it was the most senseless competition. Liverpool skipper Jordan Henderson, however, begged to differ.
“As a player, you want to win every game, even if it’s a friendly and, for us, the Nations League is important. That’s because it has an effect on the groups and the seedings at the Euros I think in two years. And it’s important for us to play and try to win against big nations like Spain. It’s important we go to the next level. It’s a good challenge and an important challenge for us to prove we can do that.”
“As a team, after reaching the semi-finals at the World Cup, we feel we have to go to the next level and compete against Spain, France, Croatia and teams like that. We want to win those games.”
“There is still a way for us to go to get where we want to be – and that’s to be the best team in the world.”
“Spain have a fantastic squad of players. Sacking their manager – Julien Lopetegui – just before the World Cup must have had some kind of impact and they didn’t do as well in Russia as you would have thought.”
“But to get to the No.1 spot you have to beat the best teams and Spain are in that category.”
Liverpool fans wouldn’t really mind this kind of disagreement on a thing completely unrelated to the club. Up next for the Reds after the international break is a visit to lowly Huddersfield. The Merseyside club will be hoping to extend their unbeaten run.