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Liverpool captain Henderson: I can't wait for Crystal Palace; we know we much do better

Liverpool captain Jordan Henderson is looking forward to their first home game tonight against Crystal Palace.

In his match programme notes, the midfielder wrote: "The first home game of a new season is always one of the fixtures that anyone who is lucky enough to be involved in football just can't wait for. It was the same when I was a kid, going to matches with my dad, and it applies even more now that I have the privilege of playing for Liverpool.

“It might happen every year, but you could never get bored of this feeling.

“There is always a different atmosphere in and around the ground. You can feel the excitement and there is a real sense of occasion. I have been here long enough to know exactly what Anfield will be like and the fact that we kick off with a night game only adds to the anticipation.

“These are the days we all live for as players, staff and supporters so hopefully between us we can make the most of it by getting off to the best possible start.

“Our Premier League campaign didn't start the way we'd hoped it would with last weekend's draw at Fulham, but regardless of the outcome the season-opener was always going to be a game to take lessons from.

“Elements of our performance were OK, especially as the game wore on, and we could have won it in the end, but there are other areas that require either fine-tuning or outright improvement.

“Part of this is actually the way it should be in the first couple of weeks in August – at this stage, it's all about striving for peak fitness, searching for rhythm and looking to find cohesion as a team.

“I know the break we had over the summer was only short – probably too short in some ways – but it stands to reason that this is a period in which we are building towards something rather than looking like the finished article. But we have to do better as individuals and as a team. We all know that."

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