Henderson will call on Gerrard as Liverpool see Aston Villa’s favor

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Jordan Henderson joked that he is ready to call Steven Gerrard as Liverpool see a service from Aston Villa on the final day of the Premier League season.

After coming from behind to beat Southampton 2-1 in their penultimate match of the campaign, Jurgen Klopp’s team remains with a shout to win the title on Sunday.

But for that to happen, they must first win their Anfield showdown with Wolves and then hope that Manchester City lose points at home to Villa.

Pep Guardiola’s men came out on top in a similarly close race in 2018-19, and Henderson says he is ready to call on his former Anfield team-mate Steven Gerrard – now manager of Villa – as he looks for another result.

He told Sky Sports: “It’s hard. We’ve had it before when they played Brighton [and went 1-0 down] and the audience cheers and you know what’s going on and it’s hard to focus on the game.

“Hopefully we have learned from that experience and we can just concentrate on the game and what we need to do.

“Hopefully Stevie and Villa can do us a favor in City. I can actually call him now!”

That Liverpool have been able to take the title fight to the last day is largely due to the efforts of the heavily rotated team that won the win at St Mary’s at Southampton.

Takumi Minamino was among nine changes in a row and scored exactly as he had done at his last Premier League start – a full 514 days ago.

That ability to come in from the cold and contribute delighted Henderson, who remarked, “I feel like we’ve been doing really well all season.

“The boys who may not have played as much as they would like, they have to come in and show what they’re all about.

“I felt like all the boys did it tonight, took the chance, and in a Premier League season you need absolutely everyone.”

James Milner reiterated his captain’s feelings as he urged Liverpool to simply focus on what they can control on the final day of the season.

However, he also insisted that Klopp’s men have taken pride in pushing City so close regardless of Sunday’s outcome.

He said: “Try to win our game, that’s all we can do and that’s all we’ve been trying to do since we got a reset in January.

“We were so far behind and we went after it, got a mental reset, and since then we’re really pushed.

“They’re an incredible team to go up against, and no matter what happens this season, I think we’ve made ourselves proud.

“But you meet a top team like Manchester City, so all we can do is try to win our matches and try to keep the pressure on until the very end.

“All we could do is take it to the final fight.”

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