Liverpool star Jordan Henderson hits back at Sir Alex's criticsm

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The Liverpool midfielder has stated that hard work is the reason for his dramatic upturn in form during 2013-14.

Alongside Andy Carroll and Stewart Downing, Jordan Henderson was being looked at as a big-money flop in the early days of his Liverpool career.

When Brendan Rodgers took over at Anfield many were touting the midfielder for a Merseyside exit, but he has turned his fortunes around and has since become an essential member of the Reds’ starting XI.

Henderson has revealed the reason behind him improving is down to dedication and putting the required hard work in to succeed.

“In football you are going to have times where you have got to be strong, and you have got to keep believing in your own ability. That is just part and parcel of the game,” he told The Mirror.

“All I do is just try to get on with it and work hard. I always believed I was a good enough player to be playing for England and Liverpool as well.

“Hopefully I can keep progressing as a player and getting better. There were a few people who did help me – the big players at Liverpool when you’re around them help you a lot.

“But at the same time you have to deal with stuff like that on your own and try and get through it on your own. No one else can change it – except yourself, to be honest.

“There is no one more disappointed than us when we don’t have a good game or are not playing well – I just had to keep battling and try and prove them wrong.”

Sir Alex Ferguson was publicly critical of Henderson in his autobiography, but Henderson has stated that he was not phased.

“I think everybody blew it up to be more than it was,” he continued.

"But looking back I took it as a bit of a compliment because he said he was watching us and thinking about buying us so I must have been doing something right.”

Henderson’s domestic season puts him in an excellent position to potentially start alongside club team-mate Gerard in the England midfield this summer.

The midfielder being suspended for Liverpool’s season run-in had something to do with the club’s dropped points and subsequent surrendering of the Premier League title to Manchester City.

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