Liverpool captain Jordan Henderson has backed Chelsea star Mason Mount to “bounce back” after his penalty in the FA Cup final was saved by Alisson.
Chelsea were beaten in the final of the Carabao Cup by Liverpool earlier this season. The game went all the way to penalties as the Reds won 11-10 on spot-kicks.
The two sides squared off at Wembley again last week. This time it was in the FA Cup final.
The Reds skipper has said that it was important for him to show respect to his opponent:
“That is always a big thing for me. You’ve got to be respectful to the opponent, especially with players you play with from your national team,” Henderson told Sky Sports.
“You know how good they are and that they are good people, especially in penalty shootouts, it’s never nice for people to miss penalties. I knew he’d be feeling really down, and to be honest, he probably didn’t want me going over there thinking back, but I just wanted to give him a little bit of support because he’s a top player, a great lad, and he’s still very young.
“He’s got the world at his feet, and I am sure he will bounce back. When he gets the opportunity again, he’ll step up and put the ball in the back of the net.”
Liverpool face Southampton at St Mary’s on Tuesday in the Premier League. Henderson is aware that the Saints “can hurt anyone on their day”:
“Whenever we play anyone, no team lays down. They are always fighting in every single game and I’m sure Tuesday at Southampton will be no different.
“Southampton are a good side and have good players. They can hurt anyone on their day and I’m sure they will be right up for it, especially with the home crowd behind them. But so will we. It’s a big game and hopefully we can go and put in a performance I know we are capable of and get the three points.”