Henderson: We’re on right path

Roberto Mancini’s side may have failed to score in their last two

matches against West Brom and Sunderland, taking just one point in

the process, but they have a 100% record from nine league games at

the Etihad Stadium. They were second best in the 1-1 draw at

Anfield in November and Henderson believes the Reds, who have lost

just once in 17 matches, should take encouragement from that. “I

don’t think they are leagues ahead of us,” said the England

Under-21 international. “They have some outstanding players and are

a good team but we have some great players here as well so we will

go there and put up a good fight. “We are on the right path and we

just need to keep playing the way we are – even against the likes

of City. “We know they are a good team but so are we and we need to

just go there, play our own game.” Liverpool beat Newcastle 3-1 on

Friday in their highest-scoring victory since beating Bolton by a

similar scoreline in late August. That was achieved without

arguably their two best players in 2011 in Luis Suarez, who served

a one-match suspension, and defensive midfielder Lucas Leiva, who

is out for the season after knee surgery. Henderson said that shows

how strong the Liverpool squad is. “Obviously Luis and Lucas are

massive players for us,” he added. “It is a massive shame Lucas

can’t play for us but I think we have a good enough squad to go out

there and win games like we showed against Newcastle.” Captain

Steven Gerrard scored against Newcastle in only his second

appearance in two months after an ankle infection and considering

the impact of his 31-minute cameo there may be a temptation for

manager Kenny Dalglish to start him against City despite his lack

of match fitness. Henderson and Glen Johnson have spoken of the

inspirational effect Gerrard has on the team but Dalglish insisted

it would be wrong just to focus on the England midfielder. “Every

player we value; they are very important to us and we respect

everything they do for the club,” said the Scot. “Some may get more

credit than others, some may get more stick but they all put in a

good shift and we are delighted with their efforts – especially the

first part of this season.”