Liverpool media round-up: Henderson reveals motivation, Origi on Benteke signing

Steven Gerrard, Jordan Henderson and Simon Mignolet

A selection of the latest stories in the media involving Liverpool Football Club this Friday morning.

Liverpool captain Jordan Henderson has said that the side will use the final day humiliation against Stoke City from last season as motivation for the campaign ahead.

The Reds were 5-0 down at half time at the Britannia Stadium in May, and ended up losing the game 6-1 - with the midfielder saying it was the worst he has ever felt as a Liverpool player, but he believes the experiences of last season's troubles can aid the side going forward.

He is quoted in the Liverpool Echo as saying: “You have got to keep it as a motivation to make sure it never, ever happens again.

“For the majority of last season, we know that we didn’t perform to the levels that we were expected to.

“But I think last season will help us going forward. It will help the young players learn what it is like to play for this football club."

The Reds play the final game of their pre-season tour today having won three out of three so far, and Martin Skrtel is determined to ensure that the side make it four in a row when they face a Malaysia XI on Friday.

He told the club's official website: "We've been away for such a long time and we're finishing the tour and obviously want to finish strong.

"I think it's going to be a similar game to the one in Bangkok [against Thailand XI where Liverpool won 4-0]. We just need to be ready and do our job and win the game."

Finally, there is still much excitement surrounding the arrival of Christian Benteke, who completed his move from Aston Villa earlier on in the week - none more so than from fellow Belgian forward Divock Origi.

Origi has been outlining the qualities Benteke has to the Liverpool Echo, and is looking forward to learning even more from his compatriot.

He said: “I think everybody knows his strengths. He’s very strong, very big, good in the air, he has good feet, he can score.

“He’s the modern striker and it’s a very good signing.

“He’s four years older then me so I’m happy to have experienced players around me so I can progress and also learn from them.”

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