Liverpool were right in the hunt for three pieces of domestic silverware at the turn of the year but a disastrous January, which saw the Reds pick up just one win from nine matches, ended their hopes of picking up a trophy.
Jurgen Klopp’s men were knocked out of the EFL Cup by Southampton at the semi-final stage, lost to Wolverhampton Wanderers in the FA Cup fourth round and slipped out of the Premier League title race.
The Anfield outfit were at one stage in danger of missing out on a top-four finish with Manchester United, Arsenal and, for a short period, Everton breathing down their necks towards the end of the campaign.
But the 18-time English champions were able to clinch the final Champions League place and they will qualify for the group stage if they can manage to get past a two-legged qualification match.
Henderson, who has been out of action since February, is hoping to play some part in that contest and he says it would be fantastic if the club can return to the main draw of Europe’s main competition.
“Everybody was over the moon that we got in the top four. Now we’ve got to go and win the play-off to actually get into the group stages of the Champions League,” he told Liverpoolfc.com. “Of course we’d have liked to win something as well but you’ve got to take one step at a time and that is a big achievement.
“Since I’ve been here, we’ve only been in the Champions League once. It’s a good step in the right direction for us and it’ll help us develop as a squad.”
Liverpool last won the Champions League in 2005 – the fifth time they have lifted Europe’s main trophy – and punters may decide to use their free bet on the Reds going all the way next season.
Premier League glory will also be on the minds of the players and, with some good summer transfer dealings, Liverpool could pose a huge threat to defending champions Chelsea, Manchester City and their other rivals.
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