Jordan Henderson is determined to build on last season's experiences and believes that the great hunger and quality within the squad will help forge another title challenge.

Liverpool came close to landing the club's 19th league title last season, missing out to Manchester City by just two points; however, after the Reds overcame their Premier League rivals on Wednesday evening during the pre-season tour of North America, Henderson spoke of the team's confidence and determination to go one step further.

"We were so close to winning the league. It just slipped away at the last minute and that really does hurt," he said.

"But it makes you even more hungry to get back and do it all again. Hopefully we can win one [title] very soon.

"We can take a lot of confidence from last season because we played so much good football.

"We went on such a long unbeaten run and you couldn't fault anyone. That makes you even hungrier to go back and finish it off this season."

Liverpool have made a number of additions to the squad this summer and Reds fans have already had the chance to catch glimpses of Rickie Lambert, Emre Can and Lazar Markovic in action during pre-season.

With Adam Lallana and Dejan Lovren also added, Henderson has been enthused by the club's new arrivals.

"I think we have done some great business in the summer - the new signings are very good," he said.

"You have not seen the likes of Adam Lallana play yet, he's a very good player.

"I've trained and played with him for England and seen how good he is - he'll be a massive plus when he gets back fit.

"And the others who have come in have looked very sharp in training. I hope they can kick on and strengthen us."

Having also gained World Cup experience in the summer with England, the Reds No.14 revealed that he's relishing the prospect of shouldering more responsibility for club, and, in the wake of Steven Gerrard's retirement from international duty, country.

"That goes for quite a few of us - we need to show how good we are," he added.

"The likes of myself, Jack Wilshere, Ross Barkley or whoever is in the England team needs to step up to the plate and take more of a leadership role if needed.

"The World Cup was tough but you have to take the things thrown at you.

"You have to learn from it and move on, you can't do anything else other than see the positives as much as you can and use it to drive you forward.

"I feel as though I'm maturing, I'm older now and I need to step up again from last season."