Brendan Rodgers has revealed he has challenged Jordan Henderson to find the back of the net on a more regular basis next season.
The Reds midfielder fired five goals and provided six assists over the course of the 2013-14 campaign, and impressed everyone with his high energy displays in the middle of the park.
Rodgers believes the next stage of the 23-year-old’s development will see him contribute more goals from midfield, and has set the former Sunderland man an objective for the upcoming season.
Henderson scored a fine goal in the 2-2 draw with Manchester City in a friendly in New York last night, and Rodgers hopes it proves a sign of things to come.
“That’s the objective for Jordan [to get more goals],” the manager told his post-match press conference at Yankee Stadium. “The finish he produced to get the equaliser, he does that day in, day out in training.
“He’s a player that is so fit and strong, and he’s such a team player – he does a lot of unselfish work. This year we’re asking him to get more into the box.
“I thought he had more opportunities when he played just around the corner [of the striker] in the last 20 minutes of the game – he was able to time his runs better going forward and he got in a few times. That’s his strength – he can really penetrate the defensive line.
“He’s an athlete and can run all day. I would expect him to be getting up to 10 goals this season because he has the quality and tactical awareness to arrive into the area to do that.”