Liverpool’s Jordan Henderson: Giving Chelsea a guard of honour difficult

The England international has urged his team-mates to use the act as a motivation to win today’s game however.

Liverpool are seemingly set to give newly crowned Premier League champions Chelsea a guard of honour, as the Reds travel to Stamford Bridge later today.

The Merseyside outfit are in need of three points to keep any slim chances of a top four finish alive, while the hosts will be looking to celebrate their title success with a victory over a perennial foe.

Jordan Henderson has admitted that it will be difficult to give the home side a guard of honour, especially due to the rivalry between the teams, but that the act could well spur the visitors to life and act as motivation.

“You have to respect the team because they have been the best team over the season,'' Henderson is quoted as saying by ESPN.

"Of course it will be difficult doing that but you have to pay your respects.

"If that (guard of honour) does happen you have to remember the feeling that it is what we want to achieve.

“You have to bottle that and make sure next season we can have a really good go and use it as motivation and drive to push on.’’

Manchester United’s victory over Crystal Palace yesterday means that the Merseyside outfit look destined for a fifth-placed finish and Europa League football next season.

The Merseysiders trail the Old Trafford outfit by seven points and as such know that they need to win their three remaining games and hope that Louis van Gaal’s men have a calamitous conclusion to the campaign.

Henderson is widely expected to be named as Liverpool captain next season following the departure of Steven Gerrard to LA Galaxy.

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