Jordan Henderson warns potential rivals ahead of Champions League draw

Brilliant night

Liverpool captain Jordan Henderson was full of praise for the club and his teammates ahead of the Champions League knockout stage draw on Thursday, following their massive win over Hoffenheim. 

The midfielder also made it clear that despite being in one of the lower pots and likely to get a huge side if not two, they are prepared and ready to play any club they might draw – and they are ready and waiting for them, having shown they are more than capable of competing with the very best out there.

BBC Sport report he said: “It has been a brilliant night – the atmosphere was brilliant all night and we were brilliant at the start and set the tempo.

“We let in a couple of goals so we have still got things to work on but overall we’re delighted to get back into the Champions League where Liverpool belong.

“Now we have got to do ourselves justice and win some games there.

“We’re in there and we’ve proved we can play against big teams. We’re happy to play against whoever we’re drawn against.”

Huge draw

The knockout stages are what top football clubs live for, and the fact that Liverpool are there again is something the fans and the players – not to mention Jurgen Klopp are thrilled about and ready to see the club back where they belong, with the top ties and big European nights.

They may be in pot three, but in the Champions League, there are very seldom easy draws, and clubs tend to have to face the best out there at some point, so it may as well be in the groups – to a certain extend.

Of course, no one wants to be in the group of death, and being in pot three, that is quite possible.