Liverpool star admits he may be guilty of making his own injury problems worse

Jordan Henderson says he can be his "own worst enemy" by wanting to play on when not yet fully fit.

Liverpool captain Jordan Henderson has admitted to the Liverpool Echo that he can be guilty of exacerbating his own injury problems by being too eager to return to action when not yet fully fit.

The 25-year-old has been a regular for the Reds in recent years since joining from Sunderland for around £20 million in 2011, missing just four Premier League matches in total in the last two full seasons.

However, the England midfielder missed over three months of the current campaign with a heel problem, and even upon his return in late November he was noticeably below par in certain matches.

He now appears to have returned to the top of his game, though, being awarded the man-of-the-match award for a combative display against Tottenham Hotspur on Saturday evening.

Henderson expressed his relief at returning to form, but admitted to the Echo that he can be guilty of making his own injury problems worse because he is so keen to get back out onto the pitch.

The Reds skipper said: "I feel as though I’m getting back to where I want to be. Sometimes I can be my own worst enemy if I’m playing with an injury or different things. It’s my own fault at times. But that’s just the way I am. I want to play football. I want to try and put myself out for the team.

"I feel as though now I’m starting to get back to the physicality – that’s a big part of my game. When that’s correct then everything else seems to flow much better. I felt good against Spurs.

"When I was away with England I think I put in one of my highest performances of the season [against Germany] in terms of the physical side of the game which was pleasing for me. I got confidence from that and I just need to continue to work instead of trying to play catch up all the time."

Having a fully fit and in-form Henderson in the heart of midfield again is certainly a huge boost for Jurgen Klopp and his side as they enter a critical time in their season.

The Merseyside club go to the home of Klopp's former side Borussia Dortmund on Thursday for the first leg of their Europa League quarter-final, before continuing their push for European qualification next year with a home clash against Stoke City next Sunday.

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