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Henderson: We didn't want to go to Gerrard's party after Liverpool got thrashed by Stoke

Liverpool were embarrassed by Stoke on the final day of the season. Credit: PA

New Liverpool captain Jordan Henderson revealed many of Brendan Rodgers' squad felt uneasy about boarding the plane to Steven Gerrard's special send-off bash in Dubai after getting thrashed 6-1 by Stoke.

"A lot of us didn't want to go to be honest," said Henderson, who assumed the armband from his former midfield colleague this summer.

"It had been organised for a number of months and it was especially for Stevie.

"He has been such a huge role model for everyone who has been here and we'd wanted to make sure that we said goodbye to him properly off the field on a more personal level for him.

"If it was just a holiday, we wouldn't have gone. That is natural when that happens. It stays with you but then there comes a point when you have to move on.

"I won't forget that day in a hurry. That game will stick in my mind for a long time."


Benteke: I came to Liverpool to win trophies

Benteke wants silverware. Credit: PA

New Liverpool signing Christian Benteke has outlined his determination to win trophies after completing a £32.5million transfer from Aston Villa.

The Belgium international became the club's second-most expensive acquisition after £35million Andy Carroll when a deal, which will see the Reds pay £16million up front and the remainder over the duration of his five-year contract, was completed late on Wednesday night.

He will not meet up with most of his new team-mates until they return after Friday's match against a Malaysia XI in Kuala Lumpur.

The 24-year-old already knows a couple of them, goalkeeper Simon Mignolet and Divock Origi, from the national team and believes the summer recruitment has given the Reds a chance of winning silverware.

"I think there are quality players, a lot of good players with big names of course," said Benteke, who became the club's seventh signing of the close season taking their spending past £80million.

"I'm happy to be part of this team and will (try) to help this team reach its goals.

"I want to be the best and I want to reach the best of myself.

"I came here to win trophies. I came here to reach some great goals with the team."

Rodgers hoping for Benteke boost at Liverpool

Brendan Rodgers needs more goals at Liverpool. Credit: PA

Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers hopes the imminent arrival of Christian Benteke will instantly boost his side's firepower.

Press Association Sport understands the Aston Villa striker will undergo the first part of a two-stage medical with Reds team doctor Andy Massey, who flew in from Adelaide after leaving the club's pre-season tour early, in London on Monday afternoon with the process continuing on Tuesday.

Rodgers made the Belgian his primary target after watching Liverpool score just 52 times in the Premier League last season - down from 101 the previous campaign when Luis Suarez and Daniel Sturridge almost fired them to the title.

On Sunday, Liverpool concluded negotiations on a payment structure which will see them pay £16million up front and the remainder of his £32.5million release clause over the length of his contract.

"It was just clear we needed to score more goals," said Rodgers in quotes reported in the Liverpool Echo.

"A few years ago we needed to improve our goal tally and we did that and it gave the team a little bit of profit. I feel it was the same this summer.

"We were down on our goals. Overall it is the balance we need to improve offensively and defensively and the players that will contribute to both."


Gerrard plays LA Galaxy game with Liverpool shin pads

Steven Gerrard has proved he still loves Liverpool by playing for LA Galaxy in shin pads with the Reds' crest on.

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Gerrard inspired his new side to victory as he marked his MLS debut with a goal as former England captain and LA Galaxy star David Beckham watched on.

The 34-year-old also had a role in two of Robbie Keane's three goals as Galaxy came from behind to beat San Jose Earthquakes 5-2.

Gerrard left Liverpool in May, admitting he had lost the "buzz" of playing for his boyhood club when his game time diminished under Brendan Rodgers last season.

Gerrard scores on MLS debut

Steven Gerrard scored on his MLS debut. Credit: Reuters

Steven Gerrard marked his Major League Soccer debut with a goal as he inspired the Los Angeles Galaxy to a come-from-behind 5-2 victory over the San Jose Earthquakes.

Watched by former Galaxy star David Beckham at StubHub Center, the ex-Liverpool and England captain scored one and had a hand in two of Robbie Keane's three goals to help the hosts win the 'California Clasico' and go top of the Western Conference.

Rodgers confirms that Gomez will stay at Liverpool

Gomez won't be heading out on loan. Credit: Reuters

Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers says that new defender Joe Gomez will not be leaving on loan this season.

Gomez, 18, joined from Charlton earlier this summer and Rodgers confirmed that he will be part of the first-team.

"He’s staying. I’ve seen enough in this period; you judge young players, I always bring them in and over pre-season have a good idea of whether we’re going to keep them or not," Rodgers told

“Seeing him, in particular close at hand and his personality – he’ll be staying, he’ll get games.

“He’s only 18 years of age, but seeing him play at left-back for the first time, he looked an outstanding athlete and a really good footballer. I’ve seen him at centre-half and at right-back, but I wanted to see him at left-back – and I thought he was outstanding.” Liverpool are expected to complete the signing of Aston Villa forward Christian Benteke in the next few days after triggering his £32.5million release clause.

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