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Jordan Henderson is just happy that the Reds live to fight another FA Cup day


Jordan Henderson

Jordan Henderson

Jordan Henderson

Liverpool vice-captain Jordan Henderson insisted it was vital the Merseyside club do not become another shock FA Cup fourth-round victim.

Having seen the Premier League's top three of Chelsea, Manchester City and Southampton plus sixth-placed Tottenham all lose at home to lower-placed opposition, the Reds were then held to a goalless draw at Anfield by Sky Bet Championship side Bolton on Saturday evening.

While Henderson said knowledge of those upsets had not affected the way they approached the match, they were still grateful to be in this evening's draw for the next round.

"It was obviously a big shock for City, Chelsea and Tottenham to go out but the main thing is we are still in the competition," said the England midfielder, leading the side in the absence of Steven Gerrard who was rested with the Capital One Cup semi-final second leg at Chelsea coming up tomorrow.

"To be honest we were pretty focused on what we were doing but the results came on the tannoy and one or two players might have heard but at the same time we just focused on what we needed to do.

"We've seen it for many years, lower league teams have beaten Premier League teams and Saturday was no different but we have shown good character to not lose the game and that is the main thing. We are a bit disappointed we didn't win but we are still in the draw and are looking forward to the game on Tuesday."

Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers has told striker Mario Balotelli he will not get picked for the squad unless he improves in training.

The £16million summer signing did not make the matchday 18 for the Bolton clash despite being fit after illness.

Rodgers said he spent an hour on Friday telling the Italy international exactly what he had to do in order to be considered. "I am judging it every day in training - Mario is exactly the same as every other player, there is no special treatment for anyone," he said.