Publication date: Saturday 13 April 2019 8h49
Liverpool captain Jordan Henderson has a pending affair with Chelsea as the 2014 loss to Jose Mourinho's team, which dropped their Premier League bid, still hurts.
England midfielder, suspended, could only look helplessly from the podium as the top-ranked Reds 2-0 at Anfield ended a run of 11 wins and gave the initiative for the future Manchester City champion.
Brendan Rodgers' players then sidelined a 3-0 lead to draw against Crystal Palace as they over-attacked to improve a goal difference lower than City's – but all this was the consequence of not being able to score at least one point. at home to Chelsea, second, who would have kept his fate in his hands.
"It was hard to watch. It was a difficult time to miss these games at a crucial moment. Chelsea went to do a job and he did well, "said Henderson, who, along with goaltender Simon Mignolet and Daniel Sturridge, are the three survivors of the 2014 team.
"I was pissed off. I could feel it with the crowd too when they were wasting time in the first minutes. It was not nice to watch.
"For me, it's another thing that I used to do and devote all my energy to continuing to win games and succeed for Liverpool.
"It's a fantastic team, but it's a big month for our team and we hope to continue to perform and win for the results we need to go beyond.
"You want to win trophies, especially when you are in this football club.
"I try to use this time as an experience and I try to help the guys in the best way possible. It's a new chapter and a new team.
There is a key difference between the 2014 version and the current version: their defensive stability.
The Rodgers team played an exciting football, highlighted by the fact that they scored 101 goals this season. Their fall was on the other end where they conceded 50.
They also failed to manage the frustration accumulated by Mourinho's ultra-defensive tactics in a match now famous for Steven Gerrard's slip in his own half, which allowed Demba Ba to make the crucial breakthrough just before the interval. .
Opposition supporters – not just Chelsea – continue to taunt Liverpool with a song about the incident, but Henderson insists they are better prepared to face the expectations and frustrations of that time.
"I always had the feeling that we had this belief when we had contested the title a few years ago, but we were not as strong as we would have liked," added Henderson.
"I do not like to compare. It's a totally different team.
"The most important difference between the team at the time is that, on the defensive side, we are much stronger and concede much fewer goals, which is a big advantage in the Premier League.
"For us, we need to focus on ourselves and what we need to do. We must continue to win.
"Hopefully City will slip at one time or another of course, but for us – it's about winning our own games.
"If we focus on our performance, everything else takes care of itself."