Jordan Henderson on fulfilling a 'career high' against Real Madrid

The Liverpool midfielder has gone from strength to strength in recent years, and will line up for the Reds against Real Madrid tonight.

Liverpool midfielder Jordan Henderson has said tonight's game will be one of his career highs when the Reds take on Real Madrid at Anfield this evening.

Henderson has been in impressive form for the Reds over the last two years and was an integral part of last season's side that came so close to winning the Premier League title for the Reds, and securing their return to the Champions League.

The 24-year-old has also tasted success when the Reds won the League Cup in his first season at the club, and tonight's game marks the kind of progression that both he and the club have made in recent years.

He told the Liverpool website: "You want to be playing against the best teams and players in the world, and Real Madrid are certainly that. It will definitely be up there [as a career high].

"As a player, to improve you need to be playing against the best players and teams in the world. So I'll be looking forward to the game and testing myself against the best players in the world."

If the Reds are going to pull off a shock against the European Champions tonight then Henderson is likely to be an integral part of the masterplan that Brendan Rodgers will try to implement this evening. His energy and willingness to get beyond the centre-forwards can cause all sorts of problems for defenders with or without the ball.

Whether the game plan for Liverpool is to try and contain Madrid or hassle them high up the field, the performance of Henderson will be vital to their chances of success tonight. What he does early on in the game could say a lot about how the Reds are going to go about their business at Anfield tonight.

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