Jordan Henderson has admitted Liverpool could have done better in the final third against Everton.
The Reds skipper reckons that he and his team-mates lacked their usual cutting edge on Sunday as they were held to a goalless draw in a Merseyside derby at Goodison Park.
It was only the second time Liverpool – who were without talisman Mo Salah – had failed to score in a Premier League game all season.
Henderson was happy with the visitors’ defensive performance and their pressing game as they moved a step closer to being crowned champions of England for the first time in 30 years.
But he spotted that Liverpool lacked sharpness up front after the three-month pause.
“We tried to adapt to the situation but overall obviously we are disappointed because we wanted to come here and get the three points,” he told the club’s official website after the game.
“But there are still plenty of positives, a clean sheet and I thought we defended really well. We just lacked that bit in the final third.
“The intensity was pretty good with the counter-pressing with the ball higher up the pitch. I thought that was good. We were unlucky with a couple of injuries and hopefully they are not too bad.
“Overall, we’ve just got to take it, move on and try to be better in the next game.”
Henderson made no excuses for the display despite the long layoff and insisted that the Reds must improve in order to secure the remaining points required to clinch the title.
He continued: “Yes, it is different but it’s the same for everyone so we’ve just got to adapt as best we can. At the end of the day we are here to come and play football and to win games and that’s what we are focused on.
“Every game in the Premier League is tough and each team. You look at our next game against Crystal Palace, who performed well on Saturday, so every game we play will be tough. We’ve just got to perform as best as we can and try and win as many games as we can.
“Like I said, in the final third I think we can be a little bit better and more clinical, but we’ll get ready now for Wednesday.”
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Liverpool are next in action against Crystal Palace on Wednesday night in their first behind closed doors game at Anfield.
Provided Manchester City beat Burnley on Monday, a win would mean that they could clinch the league at the Etihad Stadium, becoming statistically one of the earliest champions in July.
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