Liverpool play a Premier League game away to West Bromwich Albion on Saturday, followed by AS Roma coming to Anfield for the first leg of the Champions League semifinal three days later.
Given the magnitude of the Tuesday game, it would be very easy for the team to label the Baggies clash as of secondary importance, but Jordan Henderson insists that’s not the case. The captain told the club’s official website they will be fully focused on winning on Saturday, as picking up the three points there would be another step closer to securing Champions League football for next season.
“It’s really important to not only finish in the top four, but to finish as high up in the league as we can,” he said. “It’s still a big focus of ours to concentrate on, to aim to finish as high up as we can.
“It’s very important [to stay focused]. Just keep doing what we’ve been doing, keep working hard on the training field and keep putting that into games. Putting in good performances and getting good results is the most important thing.
“No matter whether it’s Premier League or Champions League, we always want to win. It’s a big couple of weeks for us.”
WBA have always been a tough opponent for the Reds. They sit bottom of the table and have no chance of survival, but they are now playing for pride as they showed last week when they beat Manchester United at Old Trafford.
Henderson believes the team under caretaker manager Darren Moore will be extremely motivated to put in a good shift in front of their supporters, and adds that anything short of maximum effort from Liverpool is likely to get punished at the Hawthorns.
Dejan Lovren, who was substituted with an injury scare last week against Bournemouth, has returned to full training and is likely to be in contention for the Hawthorns trip.