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The England international midfielder admits he is still a Black Cats fan at heart but will try to treat his potential Reds debut like any other Premier League match

Liverpool’s big-money summer signing Jordan Henderson says he is trying to focus on Saturday’s opening Premier League fixture against his old club Sunderland as if it was any other game.

The 21-year-old midfielder joined Kenny Dalglish’s Reds from his boyhood club in the close season and admits he remains a Sunderland fan.

“I've got to treat it as a normal game, it's the only thing I can do,” Henderson told skysports.com.

“I had a great time at Sunderland and it was a hard decision, but a massive opportunity to come to Liverpool.

“Sunderland has been a massive part of my career. I have supported them my whole life and I will carry on doing so.

“I have still got a lot of friends at the club, but now I just need to focus on the job at Liverpool.

“I felt as though the time was right to move to a massive club and play with players like Steven Gerrard and Luis Suarez.

“My family and friends just want what is best for me and whatever decision I made, they were happy with that - but I'm sure they will want Sunderland to win.”

The England youngster will be hoping to get the nod to start the game, as manager Dalglish must choose between his wealth of midfield options, including fellow summer signings Charlie Adam and Stewart Downing.

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