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Liverpool captain Jordan Henderson says players must prove themselves

Liverpool captain Jordan Henderson says he expects new faces at the club in the summer, but that the current squad have to prove to manager Jurgen Klopp that they are good enough.

After a below par performance in the 1-0 defeat to Manchester United on Sunday -- in which United scored from their one shot on target -- there were rumours that Klopp was keen to bolster his squad in the January transfer window.

Henderson knows that Liverpool are keen to strengthen, but insists the focus for the players currently at the club has to be on performing to the best of their abilities.

"Football teams will always look to strengthen, always look to improve, but us as players we just have to give everything for now and try to win as many games, put in as many performances as possible," he told reporters.

"I really believe we have a good squad of players but we need to be winning we need to be better in certain areas but we need to keep going right until the end of the season and see where we are."

Liverpool's current squad have come in for criticism, particularly goalkeepers Simon Mignolet and Adam Bogdan, while Barcelona goalkeeper Marc-Andre ter Stegen has been linked with a £12 million move. Former boss Brendan Rodgers has also questioned the club's inability to defend set-pieces as they have conceded a league-high nine.

Liverpool were the more dominant team in the defeat to Man United with 53 percent of possession and 19 shots compared to United's six, but Henderson admitted that defending set-pieces well was key.

"I am sure teams will look at that but we have to make sure we are fully concentrated and defending set-pieces well and stop conceding," he added. "We put a lot of work into it on the training field, it is disappointing.

"We conceded a sloppy goal at a set-piece against Arsenal and [against United] it was a good header and we need to react to second balls and be first to them.

"Maybe we need to be more concentrated, I don't know, but we need to keep going onto the next game and play well."


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