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Liverpool players are now returning from international duty, with Brendan Rodgers' side preparing to face Queens Park Rangers at Loftus Road on Sunday afternoon. Midfielder Jordan Henderson has been featuring for England in their European Championship qualifiers, and says that he is embracing the pressure on Merseyside.
"The interest is massive," Henderson said. "It's overwhelming really. The club has a worldwide reach which few clubs in the world have. You can walk down the street anywhere in the world and there will be someone wearing a Liverpool shirt. All of that means there's a big responsibility. Everyone is watching you."
With new signings Mario Balotelli and Rickie Lambert struggling to find the back of the net, striker Fabio Borini says that he is ready to fight for his place in the Liverpool team having returned from a productive loan spell with fellow Premier League side Sunderland.
"In my head it was clear that I wanted to stay here and fight for my place," Borini told Sky Sports News. "That's what I have always said in the past and what I have always wanted to do and I am showing it every day in training. "I have been at Sunderland and done well, so I think this is the year to make my point to stay here."
Balotelli and Lambert have been charged with the task of replacing Luis Suarez, with the prolific Uruguayan joining Barcelona for £75m this summer. The controversial forward has been speaking to the official Barcelona website upon his impending return from a ban for biting Giorgio Chiellini at the World Cup, and says that Liverpool wouldn't have challenged for the title without him.
"I appreciate all the work the team did but I missed six matches and scored all those goals in the Premier League without being the penalty-taker," said Suarez. "The truth is that I left very happy because if I hadn't had the attitude and mentality to want to lead the team forward, I don't think Liverpool would have done as well as they did either."