Reds being kept off top of the table by Arsenal on goals scored
Brendan Rodgers’ side are being kept off the top of the table by Arsenal only on goals scored after their best start to a campaign in five years.
However, the Anfield manager last week urged his players to improve their performances after underwhelming for large periods of games.
And Henderson, who was back in a more accustomed central midfield role for Saturday’s 3-1 win over Crystal Palace, agrees. “The results have been pleasing,” said the 23-year-old.
“But there is a lot of improvement for us as a team.
“We have a lot of work to do still, we need to continue building on what we have achieved so far.
“We are not playing at the level we know we can.
“We know we can get better. At the moment, we are scoring goals and we are good going forward, but there are a few areas the manager wants us to improve on.
“In time we need to make sure that we shut the door at the back and we’re nice and compact.
“Then we need to dominate the ball and keep good possession of the ball. So we need to get better at that and improve on that.”
Liverpool have netted only one goal in the second half this season, and again witnessed a noticeable decline in their level of performance after racing into a 3-0 lead by the interval.
And while Henderson believes the strike partnership of Luis Suarez and Daniel Sturridge is unparalleled in the top flight, he admits Rodgers’ men need to show more consistency over the course of the 90 minutes.
“We know that we have quality though, especially up front,” he added.
“We are as good as anyone going forward and that will be important over the course of a season.
“The key for us now is to keep things going. We have been playing well in games, but maybe we need to be more consistent – we have to continue throughout matches what we have done at the start. “Against Palace we played really well in the first half, and there was a bit of disappointment that we didn’t come out after half time and continue it. But that’s what we have to do to get better, and I think we are capable of that.”