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Henderson happy with outsider tag

SoccerNews in FA Cup 4 May 2012

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Liverpool midfielder Jordan Henderson has declared that his side prefer being underdogs as they prepare to face Chelsea in the FA Cup final.

An intense rivalry has built up between the two sides, as they will meet for the 31st time in just eight years on Saturday, with Liverpool looking to complete, and Chelsea to start, a double trophy haul for the season.

And while Liverpool have already recorded two victories over the Blues this term, Henderson said their incredible run to the Champions League final will mean Roberto Di Matteo’s side will go into the game as the front runner.

“Chelsea are doing really well at the minute, and after beating Spurs (in the FA Cup semi-final) have gone on to beat Barcelona in the Champions League, but we know we have a job to do,” Henderson told the Football Association’s official website.

With the tag of favourites comes added pressure, and that is something which Henderson feels will perhaps hinder Chelsea and help his side.

“We believe in ourselves and will go to Wembley and do everything to try and win the Cup. Not being favourites might help us, and we’d possibly prefer that, too,” he said.

“All of us at Liverpool know we can beat anyone on our day, so we just have to concentrate on our game and make sure we turn up on the day and perform well.

“Winning the League Cup was a big achievement for us, so then to get to the final of the FA Cup is great for the club.”

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