Jordan Henderson says Liverpool need to be more street-wise

Liverpool's Jordan Henderson celebrates after the match

Henderson suggested the side needs to work on managing games when they are in the lead as one of the areas to work on.

Liverpool's Jordan Henderson celebrates after the matchLiverpool's Jordan Henderson celebrates after the match

Liverpool captain Jordan Henderson has said the side need to be a bit more 'street-wise' after they were 4-3 winners in an entertaining opening day clash with Arsenal at the Emirates Stadium.

The Reds came from behind to lead 4-1 just after the hour mark of the game thanks to a scintillating spell of football which saw Jurgen Klopp's side rip through their opponents. 

But it made for a more nervy finish than it perhaps should have done as Arsene Wenger's side managed to get the game back to 4-3 in the closing stages, but Liverpool held out for an opening day win. 

Arsenal's Francis Coquelin in action with Liverpool's Jordan HendersonArsenal's Francis Coquelin in action with Liverpool's Jordan Henderson

Henderson told the official Liverpool website: “There are a lot of things to improve on and work on, but a lot of good things as well. We’ve got to be delighted to come to the Emirates and get three points.

“Certainly the second-half performance at times was very good, especially when we went two or three goals in the lead.

“But after that we need to manage the game better, especially when they scored the second and gathered momentum. We just need to be a little bit more street-wise there.”

Liverpool's Philippe Coutinho celebrates scoring their first goal with teammatesLiverpool's Philippe Coutinho celebrates scoring their first goal with teammates

Liverpool were showing signs of their fragility at that stage. At times last season they seemed to get themselves into commanding leads only to throw away wins with Southampton, Sunderland and Newcastle United all notably profiting from it last term. 

They seemed to address things in the nick of time, however, with a couple of substitutions in order to control things with both Emre Can and Kevin Stewart introduced into the action to get hold of things in central midfield. 

Some of the football Liverpool played in that spell was wonderful to watch, but Henderson is right to point out that the side need to improve things when it comes to managing leads. They have shown they can score goals but their defence is in need of improvement, while managing the game a little better could spare a few nerves this season. 

On the evidence of the first game, it looks as if blood pressure could be rising among the Liverpool fan base and they should strap themselves in. However, a little more work on certain things like being smarter in those situations can go a long way to making things that little bit more relaxing for everyone connected with the club. 

Liverpool manager Juergen Klopp celebrates with their players and fans after the matchLiverpool manager Juergen Klopp celebrates with their players and fans after the match

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