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Jordan Henderson to fight for Liverpool place

Liverpool and England international midfielder Jordan Henderson wants to fight for his place in the first team at Anfield, and has no plans to quit the club in the January transfer window despite reports of a loan move back to former club Sunderland.

Brendan Rodgers has rarely used the central midfielder since taking charge of Liverpool this summer, and Henderson is happy to wait his turn in the first team and ruled out a move away from the club on loan.

"A move to Liverpool has to be for life, not just for Christmas," Henderson said. "When I signed for Liverpool, I definitely wanted it to be long term. I want to make sure that when I am given opportunities I work hard and try to take them.

"It might be easier to throw a tantrum and walk away from a big club than fight to make it work. But it just gives me a different incentive to push on and go forward.

"I think the manager has seen that I have improved since he came into the club and I need to keep doing that and prove I can play in the league."