Liverpool's Jordan Henderson explains last season's struggles; outlines his objectives this year

Liverpool's Jordan Henderson celebrates with Lazar Markovic after scoring the first goal for his side

The England midfielder saw his season disrupted in the 2015-16 campaign.

England's Jordan Henderson in action with Slovakia's Vladimir WeissEngland's Jordan Henderson in action with Slovakia's Vladimir Weiss

Liverpool captain and England midfielder Jordan Henderson has been speaking to the club's website about the challenge he is facing at Anfield this season.

The 26-year-old had a superb campaign the season before last, proving his quality as he provided both goals and assists in what was to be Steven Gerrard's last year at the club.

It indicated that the former Sunderland man may be able to continue improving and help fill the impossible void left by his former skipper's departure to LA Galaxy.

Liverpool's Jordan Henderson celebrates with Lazar Markovic after scoring the first goal for his sideLiverpool's Jordan Henderson celebrates with Lazar Markovic after scoring

But last season saw Henderson struggling with injury and a slight dip in form, and he told the Liverpool website just how much injury got in the way of continuing to improve for club and country.

"I was injured for most of the season last year," the midfielder explained. "Over the course of the summer I trained with England and played in one game in the Championships and afterwards did some of my own stuff and I've come in [to pre-season] and I feel very good.

"I feel probably the best I've felt in a long time so hopefully that will continue and I'll have a good pre-season and it will get even better."

Liverpool Juergen Klopp celebrates with Jordan Henderson after the gameLiverpool Juergen Klopp celebrates with Jordan Henderson

Henderson has been at Anfield for five years now, and is determined to start his sixth season well, pinpointing what he wants to bring to the team over the next 12 months while also making it clear that the 2016-17 campaign, Jurgen Klopp's first full season, is "massive" for the entire squad.

"I always say a new season is my biggest season, it's the same every year for me," Henderson said. "That goes for everyone really, the club, me personally, it's a massive season for everyone and I feel I need to get back and prove myself again but I look forward to doing that.

"As a midfielder you need to score and assist goals but in terms of a target, it's hard to set one specifically.

"It depends on the way we play and what position you play, but for me, the main thing is to make sure I'm contributing to the team when I'm playing, whether that's goals, assists or defensively, to help us win."

With Liverpool selling Joe Allen but signing the likes of Georginio Wijnaldum, it could be Henderson's teamwork and dedication that ensures he remains a vital part of Klopp's first team plans.

England's Jordan Henderson shoots at goalEngland's Jordan Henderson shoots at goal

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