|Desc||He spent almost the entire decade as a Liverpool player. The Champions League-winning skipper took some time to settle after joining from Sunderland in 2011, but he played an increasingly importable role under three different managers as the 2010s progressed. His 255 league games put him more than 50 clear of his nearest challenger, and more than 70 clear of the closest midfielder|
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|Club as Player||Liverpool FC|
2016 08 20 Retrieve
[Jordan Henderson tells team-mate Philippe Coutinho has the potential to be among the world’s best] Messi, Ronaldo and Suarez - they are seen as the elite players in world football. Philippe [Coutinho] has certainly got the talent, the work ethic and the hunger to get into that bracket. He’s a fantastic player for us. I’ve seen him develop as a player during his time at Liverpool and he’s still only 24. Hopefully it won’t be long before people do regard him alongside the Messis of this world
2016 09 14 Retrieve
[Quotes on Luis Suarez] I really liked Luis, player, everything. He had everything. He was never injured, just wanted to play all the time, just got on with it
2018 11 23 Retrieve
[Last season brought 41 appearances from 56, with Klopp doing his utmost to manage the 28-year-old’s games accordingly. Those injury concerns have also played a part in his conversion from shuttling, box-to-box midfielder to a more disciplined, defensive-minded No.6] I’m not particularly into people giving me credit. If somebody doesn’t see his value, then what can I do?
2019 05 26 Retrieve
[Jordan Henderson wants to see Liverpool emulate Manchester City and start winning multiple trophies every season] City have won three trophies this year, and that’s where we want to be. We don’t want to be going for just one cup or title, we want to be winning more and more each year. If you look at City, they don’t stop at one trophy, they are picking up two or three a season, and that’s something this club should really be doing. That’s the aim, anyway.
[Henderson insisted his team had moved on and he hopes they can make the most of their European chance at the Wanda Metropolitano] We can’t change what happened in the Premier League now, but we can change what we do in the final. I think we were all disappointed for a couple of days, but football changes so quickly and so does your focus. And there’s nothing better to make you focus than a Champions League final. This is obviously a big opportunity for us - and we really want to finish this season with a trophy. If that doesn’t happen, it will be really hard to take, but at the same time we can still look forward to what comes in the seasons ahead
2019 06 01 Retrieve
[Mohamed Salah’s redemption: Liverpool superstar’s chance to banish horrors of Madrid & Ramos] I know he can’t wait to get out there again. Of course, it will be a big motivation for him to go out and show what he can do in a Champions League final and, touch wood, he can do it in the whole game.
2019 06 01b Retrieve
[Jordan Henderson claims Liverpool’s Champions League triumph would have been ‘impossible’ without Jurgen Klopp at the club] Without this manager this is impossible. You go through tough times in a season, but what he has done since coming in is unbelievable. There’s such a togetherness, he has created a special dressing room - all the praise goes to the manager.
[The England international is, however, eager to point out that success is down to a collective effort - with goals from Mohamed Salah and Divock Origi helping the Reds to down Spurs] I’m so proud to be a part of this football club and to cap it with this is so special to me. I just try to give my best every time I play football and to help my team no matter what. I’ve had tough times but I’ve kept going - just as this club has. It’s the best moment of my life, this is what I dreamed of since I was a kid. It’s not about me, it’s not about me being captain or lifting the trophy, it’s about this club, these players, this manager. Now we must keep going and kick on
2019 06 02 Retrieve
[Liverpool captain Jordan Henderson told his father he would play in a Champions League final one day, his dad Brian has revealed, when he attended the 2003 final between Milan and Inter at Old Trafford] When he was 10 I took him to see a Champions League final at Manchester United between Juventus and Milan and he said to us, when they came out to the Champions League music, he said: ‘Dad I’m going to play there one day’. He’s done it not once, but twice. And he’s won one. I’m absolutely delighted for him. I think if he hadn’t picked that trophy up today he would have had a bad, bad summer. But now he’ll have a fantastic summer with the children.
[Brian continued] I am the proudest man in the world. I didn’t expect it, the way the game was going, I thought it was going to be 1-1 and go into extra time. Everybody was dead on their feet but they came through and I’m just so proud. Unbelievably proud
[Of the moment he watched his son pick up the trophy] It’s just very emotional, the tears come, you start shaking, you grab your wife, you grab your daughter-in-law, you grab anybody that’s around you. I’m just so, so happy
2019 06 02b Retrieve
[It was the morning of the Champions League final, and a picture message dropped into Jordan Henderson’s inbox. It showed his younger self, maybe 10 or 11 years of age, kissing a gold trophy] Yes, not bad! It was an amazing feeling, when the final whistle goes it’s an amazing feeling to know we have done it, and then to lift the trophy was a special feeling, one that we will never forget. My dream as a kid was to win trophies. My best friend sent us a picture this morning of me kissing a trophy when I was about 10, so that gave me even more motivation. The trophy was gold, quite big and I’m kissing it. That gave us a lot of motivation.
My dad has been through a lot over the past few years. Not only with himself [his father, Brian, fought a successful battle with throat cancer in 2014] but with his family as well. I am sure he will be so proud to see us win the game and win the Champions League. It will mean the world to him. I am just glad I can put a smile on his face
It’s nice to know we have come back from so many disappointments, and finally got over the line and won a big trophy. It is an amazing night and hopefully we can use this to win more in the future
[It was estimated that around 50,000 fans had made the trip to the Spanish capital] The videos get sent to us, don’t worry! The fans have been incredible ever since I have come to the club, but this past couple of years they have travelled everywhere with us in Europe. It costs them a lot of money and tonight makes it all worth it. I am so proud of this team and I am happy we can give something [to the fans], they give everything, and so have we. I am so happy we can take the trophy back for them
[Henderson, of course, becomes only the fifth man to captain Liverpool to a European Cup. The four who went before him - Emlyn Hughes, Phil Thompson, Graeme Souness and Steven Gerrard - are club legends. So has it sunk in yet that he will be forever there alongside them?] Probably it will be after I finish football, to be honest. But there is still a long way to go. I am 28, I want to achieve a lot, keep improving as a player, I want the team to keep improving, I want to win more, that is all my focus is on now. That’s the idea, we hope this can give us a lot of confidence. The big trophies, the big nights. I want to enjoy this moment but also when we come back for pre-season we will be focused on looking to the future
[Henderson had gathered Liverpool for a team meeting at Melwood ahead of the final] I think we would have regretted if we didn’t have it. I felt it was important to speak as a group before the final, it was an important conversation as a group. A few of us said a few things. It was just about the game really, what we could experience in the game and how we could deal with them situations and obviously use the experiences that we had to use. Hopefully it helped
2019 06 03 Retrieve
[Jordan Henderson was delighted to put a smile on his father’s face after opening up about their emotional embrace following Liverpool’s Champions League triumph] My dad has been through a lot over the past few years, not only with himself but with his family. I am sure he will be so proud to see us win the game and win the Champions League. It will mean the world to him. I am just glad I can put a smile on his face. It’s obviously emotional. We have come a long way as a team and we have had so many knockbacks and to finally get over the line… it is an amazing feeling and one that we will remember forever. It’s so special.
It was nice to know we have come back from so many disappointments and finally get over the line and win a big trophy. It is an amazing night and hopefully we can use this to win more in the future, it gives us the confidence to know we can win the Champions League and together we can move forward and hopefully win more trophies as well
2019 06 07 Retrieve
[How Liverpool can create a footballing dynasty following Champions League success] I want the team to keep improving. I want to win more.
2019 06 09 Retrieve
[England midfielder Jordan Henderson has backed his international team-mates to react in the ‘right way’ following the disappointing defeat to the Netherlands on Thursday night] Mistakes will happen in football, it’s just how you deal with it and react. Everyone has made mistakes and big mistakes in football, that’s part of the game and part of the sport. I’m sure the lads who made mistakes the other night will react in the right way and they will be better for it in the long term. Now we want to concentrate on moving forward and I don’t think by any means the other night it was a terrible performance. We were a centimetre away from winning the game against a very good Holland side. I don’t think it’s all doom and gloom, we are by no means the finished article and there are a lot of things we can improve upon and get better at. We have a year to do that before the Euros. I am very positive for the future.
2019 06 25 Retrieve
[Jordan Henderson is determined to help Liverpool go ‘one better next season’ after seeing them fall agonisingly short of landing the Premier League title in 2018-19] A club of this history and magnitude should be challenging for major honours year in year out, and we hope and believe that this is just the start. We are all hungry for more. We should look back at our Premier League campaign with great pride too. To have achieved 97 points and to only lose one league game in the entire season was a phenomenal achievement by the team. Of course, we were bitterly disappointed to narrowly miss out on the title by just a single point, but we will use the huge number of positives from the campaign to fuel us for the new season ahead. We will be doing all we can to reward our fans by going one better next season.
There is something uniquely special about our club and the support that you give us at Anfield that is not replicated anywhere else. On behalf of all of the playing squad, I’d like to take this opportunity to thank you, our fans, for always believing in us and supporting us. We are very lucky to have the best fans in the world here at Liverpool, and your support really does make the difference
[Henderson added on that occasion, which saw him lift the famous trophy as captain] Winning the Champions League against Spurs was a fitting way to end what’s been an exhilarating, emotional and hugely successful season for Liverpool Football Club. It is an enormous honour and a privilege to be captain of this great club. Lifting the trophy in Madrid alongside my team-mates to bring the European Cup back to Anfield for the sixth time was one of the greatest moments of both my life and my career. The memories from not just that night, but the entire journey to get there, will stay with us all forever
2019 07 01 Retrieve
[Jordan Henderson gets new tattoo to commemorate Liverpool’s Champions League win] We have come a long way as a team and we have had so many knockbacks and to finally get over the line…it is an amazing feeling and one that we will remember forever. It’s so special. It was nice to know we have come back from so many disappointments and finally get over the line and win a big trophy. It is an amazing night and hopefully we can use this to win more in the future, it gives us the confidence to know we can win the Champions League and together we can move forward and hopefully win more trophies as well.
[The Reds captain vowing he’s determined to see the club go one better in their next campaign] A club of this history and magnitude should be challenging for major honours year in year out, and we hope and believe that this is just the start. We are all hungry for more. We should look back at our Premier League campaign with great pride too. To have achieved 97 points and to only lose one league game in the entire season was a phenomenal achievement by the team. Of course, we were bitterly disappointed to narrowly miss out on the title by just a single point, but we will use the huge number of positives from the campaign to fuel us for the new season ahead. We will be doing all we can to reward our fans by going one better next season
2019 07 18 Retrieve
[Jordan Henderson delighted with Oxlade-Chamberlain and Adam Lallana progress in Liverpool pre-season] Football moves very quickly. We will never forget what happened in Madrid, but the focus has to be on the future
[Oxlade-Chamberlain in particular represents a potential game-changer] He’s a fantastic person off the field. Last season he was a massive part behind the scenes even though he had a bad injury and I’m sure he was going through some painful times but he was always positive, always happy around the team and always there to support us when we needed him. He was a massive part off the field for us last season and this season hopefully he will be a massive part on the field as well. Hopefully he will show everyone what he is capable of like he did before he got injured. He has looked so strong, so good in training. This pre-season is important for him to get back to playing games regularly, get his match fitness back and once he does that I’m sure he will be flying again. He is like a new signing for us. He is such a fantastic player for us, so powerful and he gives us something different. He is a massive player to have back. Hopefully he can stay injury free for a while
[Lallana, too, could do with a bit of luck on the injury front] Adam has taken to that role really well in training and the games I’ve seen in pre-season. He’s a fantastic footballer so he can play anywhere on the pitch really. He gives us something different in that position, the way that he receives the ball, he can get out of tight situations, he can open the play up for us and start the play really well. I’m excited to see what he can bring us in that position. He is enjoying it, he is learning and improving. I’ve learned that position over the last few seasons as best I can so I will try to help him as well as Fabinho, who does that role fantastically well. Adam will have his own style in that position and I’m excited to see what he can bring that position
[As for Henderson, the question might be ‘6 or 8’. Having performed admirably in a deep role, he enjoyed a strong run of form last season when moved into a more attacking midfield spot] It’s up to the manager. I can play as an 8, I can play as a 6. It is wherever I’m needed and wherever the manager wants me to play on a particular day. I’ve enjoyed when I’ve played that position a little higher up, but I enjoy both positions. I just want to contribute as much as I can and help the team as much as I can. I will do whatever the manager tells me to
2019 07 27 Retrieve
[Jordan Henderson recalls what team-mate James Milner said to him before he went on to lift the UEFA Champions League trophy] If anyone other than you lifts up that trophy they are getting f** wrestled to the ground
2019 08 01 Retrieve
[Liverpool captain Jordan Henderson insists the Reds will have more competition than just Premier League champions Manchester City this season] Everyone will talk about Liverpool and City because they won the league and were so good and we won the Champions League. It is easy to do that. You have to look at the other teams. They are going to improve. There are more teams than us and City who will be competing. But you have to respect them so much for winning the Premier League back-to-back. That is so difficult. They keep raising the bar and keep improving with the squad they have. So, we need to be doing the same and I think we will. The players are hungry. They want more. They want to keep working hard and the manager will make sure of that. We have great senior players in the team. We have to focus on what is ahead and keep challenging for all the trophies
We showed we were not disheartened after we did not win the league to go and win the Champions League. It was a big moment for us. We can use last season as the fuel to be even better to win it this year and compete again. We know how good City are and other teams will improve. The Premier League is so difficult. That showed last year, to play as we did and win so many games and not win it. But we keep going, giving everything and improving, and hopefully we challenge
2019 08 05 Retrieve
[Jordan Henderson insists Jurgen Klopp should be trusted despite Liverpool fans’s concerns over a lack of transfer business this summer] I think we’ve got a fantastic squad of players. We’ve showed that. We can use everybody, we’ve got big players coming back from long-term injuries, which is like new signings as the manager says. If the manager hasn’t signed anyone then he knows better than everyone else, for me. We believe we’ve got a strong group in the changing room, a strong team, and we’ve just got to keep learning, keep improving on the training pitch, keep doing what we’ve been doing for a long time now, and keep staying hungry for more success
We can’t always think back to what we did last season. We’re looking forward, we want to improve as a team. There were a lot of games last year where we didn’t play particularly well and play as well as we like and we did grind results out at times. Performance-wise, we can be much better and that’s what we’ve got to focus on. We’ve got to focus on each game as it comes, performance has got to be improving all the time, and [against City] second half it did improve. We’ll be disappointed with the first half but second half was more like us
I disagree that it will be [just] us two fighting it out for the title, I said before the game there are other teams who’ve improved and they’ll be fighting for the title. So it’s not going to be just us two, it’s going to be everybody. There are 19 other teams in the league that’ll be competing. It’ll be tough, the Premier League will be tough, it always is. You always want to start the season well and it’s no different this year, we want to start well with a performance Friday [and] get a good result. If we keep playing like we did second half, we’ll be okay
: 2019 08 08 Jordan Henderson has named in the 11-man final shortlist to win UEFA’s annual individual awards in his respective positions
2019 08 09 Retrieve
[Jordan Henderson wants Liverpool to dream big in 2019-20] In this league, the moment you’re complacent or arrogant you are done for. It’s why staying focused and staying hungry is critical and I’m confident as a dressing room we have those qualities. Someone showed me a Twitter exchange over the summer that actually captures the mentality we’re looking for, not just this coming season but in general. It was a poll by supporters asking to pick the club’s greatest ever European night at Anfield. A Liverpool-supporting journalist replied ‘The. Next. One’. For us, that’s the focus for this season - on to the next one. But for us that mantra isn’t about just European nights or trophies and titles in general, it’s about each and every match we play
As a team we want our supporters to dream and dream big. At Wembley [in the Community Shield] the passion and noise from the Liverpool fans was magnificent. They showed the right mentality - when Liverpool play it always matters. They gave everything to make the atmosphere special and it made a difference to us and how we attacked the game. The supporters who went to Wembley helped set the tone. For each game, give everything you have. We want everyone to have the biggest ambitions possible. It’s our job to deliver and to do that we can’t afford distraction and we can’t afford to pause and feel satisfaction.
What we achieved last season will be cherished by everyone connected to this club forever, not least myself. But now, for us as a group of players, we’re already focused on 2019-20. Quite simply we have to be if we want to have a chance of success again. What we can afford is to keep the focus on what’s ahead and what we can positively affect. The. Next. One
2019 09 01 Retrieve
[Jordan Henderson insisted there was no issue between Sadio Mane and Mohamed Salah after Liverpool’s victory at Burnley] Sadio is fine, he’s a great lad. That’s just us pushing each other all the time. I think that’s important. We all want to do better, we all want to improve, but we’re really close and I think we can deal with that. I’m not sure [what caused it] to be honest. I couldn’t really understand at first, but then when he came in, he was laughing and joking
[Asked if there had been any further issue in the dressing room] Nah, the most important thing was we got the result, Sadio knows that. He performed really well again. Him and Bobby were really big [at winning] second balls. He had a fantastic game. Like I said, we want to push each other. We want to improve all the time, I quite like that now and again. I think we need it.
[He did sound a note of caution when it was suggested his team were setting the standards for the rest of the Premier League] We’re not setting them for anyone else, we’re setting them for ourselves. That’s what we want to do. We want to win every week, we want to perform every week and that’s difficult because there are so many good sides in the Premier League and in Europe. It’s really hard. For us, it’s game by game. We come up against different tests each week and it’s about giving everything every time we go onto the football pitch and we’ll see where we are at the end of the season. For me it’s just about concentrating on what we need to do. We have been very mature in our performances, especially away from home. We want to continue that form, keep doing the right things, keep working hard as a team. If we do that, we can put on performances like that
[Of the Burnley performance] I thought we did the dirty bits really well. We worked extremely hard defensively to win second balls, which is important against Burnley. The two strikers are really physical, but I thought we coped with them really well. Going forward we looked good at times and scored some brilliant goals. It was a really good performance
[Henderson also paid tribute to striker Roberto Firmino, whose goal at Turf Moor saw him become the first Brazilian to reach 50 in the Premier League] He’s a massive player for us. It’s extraordinary what he does for the team, defensively, goals, assists, everything, his link-up play. What a player he is. He’s on fire at the minute, so hopefully he can keep going. He’s the first Brazilian to 50 and hopefully there are many more to come from him
2019 09 03 Retrieve
[Reds skipper Jordan Henderson played down the spat betwen Sadio Mane and Mohammed Salah] Sadio is fine, he’s a great lad. That’s just us pushing each other all the time. I think that’s important. We all want to do better, we all want to improve, but we’re really close and I think we can deal with that. I’m not sure [what caused it] to be honest. I couldn’t really understand at first, but then when he came in, he was laughing and joking
2019 09 10 Retrieve
[Jordan Henderson says the England squad is united, with the likes of Declan Rice and Mason Mount boasting the full support of those around them] We’ll back each other, we’re fighting for each other and we all want the same things and the same goals. It’s important to stay together and not let those people affect us or what we’re trying to do. There’s always people on the outside talking, but as players it only matters what we think on the inside and what happens inside the circle
[Henderson added on Rice] Declan Rice’s a fantastic lad, a great lad to have in the England squad. He’s always smiling, wanting to learn and wanting to improve. The other day [in a 4-0 win over Bulgaria] he played really well, breaking things up. He’s a great addition to the squad. He’s got the right mentality as well. He’ll go a long way and I’m excited to see what he can do in the future
The connection changed after the World Cup. The nation was proud and they were excited about what could come in the future - the players that are coming through, the way we are playing. It is up to us to keep doing that. We have to keep exciting them, to keep winning games. If we do that, everyone will be right behind us. We are in a really good place. Kosovo are a proud country but so are we. The World Cup was a very good changing point in terms of the relationship with the fans. I could sense them getting excited about England again. That’s really important. Since then, we’ve had that [support] in abundance. Every time we pull the shirt on, we want to give everything we can, no matter who we are playing, and we want to win every game, so it will be no different in this game. We’ll give everything and, hopefully, we can do the job and get the three points
2019 09 10b Retrieve
[With the game at 3-0, and with both Sadio Mane and Firmino already on the scoresheet, the Egyptian again looked to go solo, only to be denied by a covering Burnley defender. A few moments later, having been replaced by Divock Origi, Mane made his feelings perfectly clear. He wasn’t happy] I quite like that. That’s just us pushing each other all the time. I think we need that
2019 09 14 Retrieve
[Liverpool team-mate Jordan Henderson played down any thoughts of a spat almost immediately] Sadio is fine, he’s a great lad. That’s just us pushing each other all the time. I think that’s important. We all want to do better, we all want to improve, but we’re really close and I think we can deal with that. I’m not sure [what caused it] to be honest. I couldn’t really understand at first, but then when he came in, he was laughing and joking
2019 09 17 Retrieve
[Jordan Henderson dismissed suggestions the Reds were Champions League favourites, saying it was too early for such talk] I think it’s too early to be saying stuff like that. For us, we’ve started the season really well and we just want to continue that on. We still feel that we can improve and get better. That’s what we try to do [against Napoli], we try to give everything and start the campaign off really well
[While they may be targeted as champions of Europe, Henderson explained it was something the club had to deal with regardless] I feel as though being at Liverpool everybody wants to beat you anyway so it’s the same for us. We want to beat anybody we play, they want to beat us. For us it’s the same as it always has been which is to give everything in every single game we play and we know that it will be a tough, tough game [against Napoli]. They are a great side but we’ve got to concentrate on what we can do and if we perform to the level I know we can then we have a good opportunity to win the game
[Liverpool will be without Divock Origi. That could provide an opportunity for Rhian Brewster and Henderson backed the 19-year-old forward] Rhian’s been really good pre-season, he was really strong, in training he’s been really good. It gives us another option. We’ve got a lot of strength in the squad but he’s been doing really well and he just needs to continue in that way
2019 09 17b Retrieve
[Jordan Henderson echoing his manager’s thoughts at the dawn of a fresh European campaign] Last season was last season. We can take experience from the campaign and, if we can take that into this campaign, ultimately we feel we can still do a lot of things better and everything is possible again
2019 09 17c Retrieve
[Liverpool captain Jordan Henderson accepts his team must cut out errors at the back, having kept only one clean sheet in eight competitive games this term] In the first half I felt we played some good stuff. We were just missing that final bit. Napoli are a good side and you have to defend as a team which I felt we did. The mistakes for the goal we need to improve on. Overall we can be better, we take responsibility and try and react the right way
2019 09 24 Retrieve
[Jordan Henderson insists Liverpool are not focused on Manchester City or keeping pace with any records as the Reds are taking their title chase game by game] It’s about what we need to do, all our focus is on ourselves, we can’t worry about anyone else, our focus is on our next opponent, not any other team. The next game will always be the biggest game, we’ll not worry about any other team. I’m sure the neutrals will look at other results and obviously it was a good performance by City. But, for us, it’s about performing well and picking up points, as many as we can and see where we are at the end of the season
Winning is important, picking up as many points and if you keep on doing that then the records will follow. You can’t go and chase records because they will come with performances and if we keep winning. But, for us, the motivation is three points every time we play. Chelsea was a really tough place to come, good team, we had to grind it out, had to give everything and that shows what we’re about as a team. It’s important, you need character and we’ve got plenty of characters in this team to fight and see games out. It was tough, they put a lot of pressure on us and we just need to keep winning, keep getting three points
2019 10 15 Retrieve
[Jordan Henderson demanded an apology from Krasimir Balakov after the Bulgaria head coach did not offer outright condemnation of the racist abuse directed towards England players during their 6-0 Euro 2020 qualifying win in Sofia] I had a few words with the manager. It wasn’t acceptable - something needs to be done. He needs to apologise now, really, on behalf of the team and the fans. He knows what was going on. He was asking me what the problem was. When I told him he knew what was going on, it was baffling how he didn’t, really. Hopefully he looks back and apologises because anyone watching that game would be disgusted really
[England discussed whether they should resume the match at half-time and Henderson, angered by what had transpired, took pride in their unanimous response in the face of adversity] I felt angry. They’re my team-mates, my friends who I’ve known for a long time and I share a dressing room with. It was shocking to see. I was so angry at one point but the game goes on, you’ve got to switch the focus to the football. At half-time we spoke about it, we wanted to carry on. If one person said they didn’t want to go out then we wouldn’t have done and that would have been it. But everybody’s message was we wanted to make them suffer and not make them win. I felt we did that brilliantly
2019 10 15b Retrieve
[Jordan Henderson says that he and his England team-mates wanted to make Bulgaria suffer in the wake of racist chants during Monday’s Euro 2020 qualifying clash] I obviously wasn’t happy with the situation that we were in, it wasn’t nice to be involved in and it shouldn’t be happening in 2019, it is very disappointing. But at the same time, I felt as though as a team we dealt with it so well, we touched on it before we came here just in case it did happen and unfortunately it did. So we spoke together and the decision was that we carried on because if you leave the pitch and stop the game they win, really. That is how we looked at it and what the message was in the dressing room at half-time. We wanted to go out in the second half and make them suffer and make their team suffer on the pitch and I think we did that
[Henderson went on to praise debutant Tyrone Mings, who saw his first England cap marred by the home supporters’ actions] It shouldn’t be happening and will obviously tarnish that. But at the same time I thought he dealt with the situation so, so well. It was a top performance for his debut, I thought he was magnificent. That just shows the character in him and in the team and it will just make us stronger, no doubt. We stayed together like we should have and we spoke about it before, handled it well and if one player didn’t want to carry on we would have stopped playing, simple as that, no problem. But everyone wanted to carry on and we wanted to let football do the talking
We are obviously happy with the performance but still feel like it shouldn’t be happening in this day and age. To hear the announcement about the racism and then the whole stadium whistling was a bit strange. I’m sure something will be done
2019 10 20 Retrieve
[Jordan Henderson says Liverpool have no excuse for their poor defending despite the controversy surrounding Manchester United’s opening goal in Sunday’s 1-1 draw at Old Trafford] I felt the referee gave a lot of similar type of free-kicks to them in the first half and he didn’t give it to us. But we’ve got to defend the goal better so that’s no excuse. Our level wasn’t up to our normal level
I’m delighted for Adam Lallana because he works hard and he deserves a bit of luck. He saved us with his goal and that could be a big point. We could have been better today and in the second half we were much better but, if you can’t win, don’t lose. It was quite scrappy in the first half and we weren’t playing football. In the second half we caused them more problems and were pushing for the winner but couldn’t find it
2019 10 21 Retrieve
[Jordan Henderson admits Liverpool must make sure that the uncharacteristic dip they endured at Manchester United doesn’t happen again] We could have been a lot better but I thought second half was a lot better. We changed it a little bit tactically, which helped us, and I thought the longer the game went on we were pushing for that winner, and towards that last five to 10 minutes I thought we were going to get it. Ox (Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain) came close with a great strike with his left foot and we kept pushing but, overall, a fair reflection of the game would have to be a point. But, like I say, we have got to be much better for the 90 minutes. I was disappointed we couldn’t come here and put on a top performance because I felt as though we could have done that. When you can’t win, you don’t lose, and that’s the sign of a good team. But we’ve got to learn from the game and make sure it doesn’t happen again
[While disappointed with Liverpool’s showing as a collective, Henderson was delighted to see Lallana make an important contribution] I thought he was brilliant when he came on. I’m delighted for him and he deserves a bit of luck and he’s got us a point. It could be a big point, you never know, so I’m over the moon for him and hopefully he can keep contributing to the team and I thought the other two lads who came on (Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Naby Keita) were fantastic as well
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[Liverpool captain Henderson have attempted to play down any suggestion of the Premier League title being theirs to lose] I didn’t think we performed well enough in the first half, not our usual selves really, especially with the ball. We could have been a lot better but I thought second half was a lot better. We changed it a little bit tactically, which helped us, and I thought the longer the game went on we were pushing for that winner, and towards that last five to 10 minutes I thought we were going to get it. But, like I say, we have got to be much better for the 90 minutes. I was disappointed we couldn’t come here and put on a top performance because I felt as though we could have done that. When you can’t win, you don’t lose, and that’s the sign of a good team. But we’ve got to learn from the game and make sure it doesn’t happen again
2019 10 27 Retrieve
[Liverpool’s unbeaten start to the Premier League season continues, their incredible home record goes on] Our mentality has improved.
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[Liverpool beat Tottenham 2-1 at Anfield. Asked what drives Liverpool to bounce back from difficult situations] Mentality. That’s grown over the last few years. The gaffer has changed that so much in us and the mentality’s fantastic throughout the squad. Whenever we face adversity we bounce back and we need to carry that right through the season because it’s not going to go all our own way; it’s going to be difficult at times like it was today. But it’s about going through that, pushing each other and always believing
2019 10 28 Retrieve
[Jordan Henderson has hailed the influence of Fabinho at Liverpool and believes the Brazilian is the perfect embodiment of a modern-day No.6.] Fab has been excellent. [It was] another good performance from him, he’s so good in that position. I’ve played in that position for a while and it is a tough position. He’s perfect for it; he reads the game so well and breaks the play up and starts attacks off. He’s a fantastic player and he’s in great form. Hopefully that can continue
[The England international knows that, with the likes of Naby Keita, Adam Lallana and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain all making contributions in the past week, competition for midfield places is strong right now] We have got a lot of good midfielders and we’ve got different players that can do different things. I suppose that’s good for the manager because it’ll depend on certain games and certain teams that we’re playing, and who fits that particular game. But I feel as though we’re all performing to a high level, and we’ve just got to continue pushing each other in training and in games. Ultimately, we all want the same thing, we all want to be successful and we all want to help each other. So it’s good for everyone to keep playing the way they have been
[On his goal] It was obviously nice to score and get us back in the game. I’m delighted to contribute but to get the win was obviously the most important thing so, overall, very pleased. I don’t really care who scores goals as long as we win. People will analyse and say we want more goals from midfield but ultimately if the forwards score the goals then what does it matter? As long as we win games, the midfielders can contribute in other ways throughout the game. It’s not always goals. Now and again it’s nice to get on the scoresheet, but for us it’s about performance, it’s about working together as a team, and it doesn’t matter who scores
We reacted really well, especially after conceding early. That was really pleasing. The performance was really good; their keeper pulled off a good few saves, to be fair. We were a little bit disappointed to go in behind at half-time but we said ‘keep going, keep doing the things we’ve been doing’ and thankfully we did that and got our rewards in the end
2019 10 29 Retrieve
[The actions of the Bulgarian fans led to strong comments from many England players] I obviously wasn’t happy with the situation that we were in, it wasn’t nice to be involved in and it shouldn’t be happening in 2019, it is very disappointing. So we spoke together and the decision was that we carried on because if you leave the pitch and stop the game they win, really. That is how we looked at it and what the message was in the dressing room at half-time. We wanted to go out in the second half and make them suffer and make their team suffer on the pitch and I think we did that
2019 11 05 Retrieve
[Liverpool showed once again that they are ‘mentality monsters’ against Aston Villa, but Jordan Henderson is looking for the Reds to shake that tag and make life easier for themselves] The numbers back up that ‘Never Give Up’ is more than just a slogan on a T-shirt for us - we’ve taken more points from losing positions than any other Premier League team in this moment. Of course that’s a positive, but it’s important we look at the other side of that stat as well. Part of being ‘mentality monsters’ is that you challenge yourselves and always look at where you can be better. As a team, do we like the fact that our mindset is ‘keep going and never submit’? Yes, of course. But I would also like to think we’d look at those numbers and set ourselves the task of not putting ourselves in the position in the first place.
Comebacks make for great television, but it’s on us as a squad to address the issue of falling behind in games. We want to be a side that dominates teams and takes total control of a game. We’ve proved time and time again we can do that, but clearly at the moment we haven’t been doing enough to make sure we are in a dominant position on the scoreboard for longer periods. There are many reasons you can find yourselves behind in a game and some of them are beyond your control. The opposition might be on fire and have a player who scores an absolute ‘worldie’. You can also get bad luck, by which I mean a bounce of a ball or a poor decision. But the truth is, the majority of the time a team goes behind is because they haven’t done the right things in that moment. And we as a team will look to address that.
There isn’t a member of our squad who isn’t determined to improve every single day. Part of improvement is being able to identify the correct areas to work on and find a way to address it. That’s one of the most impressive things about this group of players: there is always a desire to improve and a desire to do better, even with the smallest of details. It’s nice to get the praise for the comebacks, but we’ll be far more satisfied when we get to the point that the comeback isn’t necessary
2019 11 08 Retrieve
[Jordan Henderson came close to leaving Liverpool for Fulham in the summer of 2012] That was a crucial period in my career. Not only my Liverpool career but my career in general. I thought that moment was big, and it was a tough moment, but one that I feel helped me, looking back now. I don’t know what would have happened if I didn’t have that moment. It was tough at the time but thankfully it worked out okay in the end. To be fair to Brendan, he was brilliant with me after that point; he helped me grow as a player and as a person, and I really matured under him. It was a blessing in disguise really
[Having remained in the ranks at Liverpool, Henderson would go on become vice-captain for the Reds before inheriting the armband from Steven Gerrard in 2015] It was a huge honour. Especially at the start until that point it was a whirlwind really, in terms of my progression as a player. Obviously [Rodgers] had seen the responsibility and leadership within me and felt I could lead Liverpool, and that gave me a lot of confidence. Without Brendan I wouldn’t be where I am today; he’s got a big part to play in my career so far
[The odd setback has been suffered along the way, but a barren run on the trophy front was ended by European glory in 2018-19] When you are at finals or going for titles and you are so close, but you don’t manage to get over the line, it is really difficult. But at the same time I always use that to the best of my abilities in terms of wanting to put it right. I always want to keep going and improve and go one step further, and I use it as a motivation to be able to get that opportunity again and again and again. And thankfully in the summer that was a big moment because after all the hard times when we missed out on [titles], we managed to get over the line
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[Liverpool captain Jordan Henderson has insisted that he and his team-mates have nothing but respect for Premier League title rivals Manchester City] If I was to pick just one word to sum up how we as a squad feel about Manchester City, it would simply be: ‘respect’. Of course they are an opponent we’ve had decent tussles with over the past couple of seasons in particular, both domestically and in Europe, but as a team here we have nothing but admiration for them. What they’ve achieved as a team is something that everyone in sport, let alone just football, can look at and appreciate. They are relentless winners who have found the hunger to go again and again
[Although City edged the Reds to the title last season, the England midfielder says it is vital to appreciate their quality] I think it’s important for a healthy rivalry that you can recognise someone else’s qualities and achievements without that leading to any sort of insecurity about what you’re doing yourself. As an example, I’ve never understood it when ourselves and City are asked whether we’d sooner win the Premier League or the Champions League, or then subsequently asked to compare which is more important or impressive. I’d bet anything you like that you’d get the same answer in both dressing rooms, whether there was a microphone in front of them or not: we want to win everything
[He does not believe, however, the race is restricted to just a couple of teams, also talking up Leicester and Chelsea, who sit second and third respectively heading into Sunday] Chelsea are unbelievably impressive at the moment and I can see them pushing both of us all the way in the Premier League and having a massive say in the cups. We’ve played them twice already, in the league and the Super Cup, and they definitely have the players and the approach to go all the way. Likewise, Leicester City who gave us such a tough contest at Anfield not that long ago. They still have players and staff who know from first-hand experience what it takes to do it and I haven’t seen many weaknesses in their set-up to suggest they won’t keep with the pace. Anyone who thinks this is about just two teams is wrong and in our dressing room we’re certainly not foolish enough to get caught in that trap
2019 11 14 Retrieve
[Jordan Henderson admits he was ready to kill Luis Suarez shortly after his arrival at Liverpool] I was trying to do the best I can do. Being a footballer, there is criticism and people doubting you all the time. At that time, I was a young player and there were one or two things Luis did in training that I didn’t like. It made me feel I wasn’t good enough to be in the same team in training. The arms were up like ‘what the f*ck, what is he doing’, like I shouldn’t be there. That really hurt me. He did it three times and then I exploded and I was ready to kill him
[Henderson added on his relationship with a fiery frontman that got off to a frosty start] From that point, I had a good relationship with Luis. The next game I set him up for his goal. He was brilliant with me after that and I was really close to him after that and he was another big player I learned from
2019 11 27 Retrieve
[Liverpool have won five of Champions League matches and, although they settled for a draw on Wednesday, the Premier League leaders still remain in good spirits] We’d have liked to have won, of course, to finish the job [qualification for last 16] but Napoli are a good side and we could only get a point. I think we’re still in a decent position, but there’s one game left and we need to go and get a win away now. Napoli are a good team, good players, we knew it was going to be difficult. There were obviously times when we knew we could have done better, but we played some good stuff in the second half. We were searching for the second but couldn’t manage to get it. We keep going, we’re still in a healthy position but need to get the win away now. Second half, there was only one team going to win the game, if anyone. Unfortunately, we couldn’t find a winner. We stay confident. We’ve still got a job to do away but we’re confident we can do that
2019 12 07 Retrieve
[Jordan Henderson helped a much-changed Liverpool to a 3-0 win over Bournemouth] When you’ve got so many good players, it’s easy. They’ve been working every single day, not only the people that might have played a lot of games. People might want more game time but in training the intensity is always high, everyone’s pushing each other, and I think the lads that have come in have been outstanding. We need to use the whole squad. The manager has said all the way through the season there’s going to be a lot of games, so we need everybody and that’s proven the case so far. We need to keep that going right until the end
It’s a start but one’s no good, we want more and more and more. I thought it was a proper performance, both defensively and offensively. We’ll be happy with that, but we want to improve, want to keep going and onto the next game
2019 12 09 Retrieve
[Liverpool captain Jordan Henderson was also full of praise for Sadio Mane’s recent form] It’s amazing, Sadio has been outstanding for a long period of time now. He just needs to continue that form. He’s a fantastic person off the pitch, he dedicates his life to football
2019 12 11 Retrieve
[Jordan Henderson admits even he could not believe Mohamed Salah’s magnificent goal as Liverpool secured Champions League progress in Salzburg] I can’t believe he scored that second one from the angle he was at. It was a magnificent finish. But he would probably have been wanting a couple more with the chances he had but he kept going, kept plugging away and was a threat all night really. He kept going, which is the most important thing. You are going to get chances and are going to miss chances, that’s part of football. But he kept going and I don’t know how he got the second one in, but it is a great run and a magnificent finish. He was dangerous all night
We’ve had a lot of experience in the Champions League. It’s a tough competition and there are so many good teams. It has gone to the last game the last few years and we’ve managed to come out on top, which is important. That’s just the way it is. We’ve dealt with it really well, we just have to do the same in the knockout stages. It was a professional performance. Very good. I felt they started quick like we knew they would but overall we deserved the win, kept defending well as a team throughout the game and got the clean sheet, which was important. We scored some good goals and probably should have had some more to be honest. We had some good last-ditch tackles. We knew it would be difficult. We still had some great chances in the first half and could have been up. We kept working and second half we played some great football, created some good chances and it could have been more in the end
2019 12 15 Retrieve
[Captain and midfielder Jordan Henderson said the European champions had every intention of returning with the silverware] Well, we want to go there and win. Big games coming up, so we’ve got to recover well. There’s a big game Wednesday and hopefully we can do a job to get into the final on the weekend
2019 12 20 Retrieve
[Henderson praises the players around him for guiding him through his first-ever professional game as a central defender] That was different. I had fantastic players around me, and they helped me out. It was different to anything that I have been used to. I’ve played at full-back, but I’ve never played there before. I just tried to do my best for the team and thankfully we got the win. I don’t know what will happen with Virgil on Saturday. Fingers crossed he will be okay. Of course, if the manager needed me to go there again, I would do it. It is anything to help the team. We wanted to get to the final and we want to win. We have done the first bit by getting to the final and now we want to win it. That’s the mentality of this team
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[Henderson says he relished the challenge of testing himself in a new position at the back] [It was] different! I’ve got great players around us so they make it a lot easier. It was different but I just tried to do the best job I could there. I haven’t really played there before. We had the majority of the ball and that was OK with the defensive side, trying to keep the line and stuff which is probably the most difficult thing. But, overall I think we have got to be happy with the result and performance in the end
2019 12 21 Retrieve
[On the other side of the tie, Liverpool skipper Jordan Henderson explains what the Qatar 2019 finale means to his squad] We’ve done a lot of work to be in this position, to come here and try to win the competition. It’s a final, it’s another trophy we can win, so we need to give everything to be able to do that
2019 12 21b Retrieve
[Jordan Henderson is keen for Liverpool to keep improving after winning the Club World Cup for the first time with a 1-0 victory over Flamengo in Doha] We have found a way for a long time now, some late goals. We just want to keep going, onto the next game, onto the next performance, keep improving. We keep our feet on the ground and keep working hard and keep putting in performances like that
[Assessing the final, in which Flamengo also threatened and should have equalised through substitute Lincoln] It feels very good. It was an interesting game. I am sure it was interesting to watch, but we kept going, good performance and the mentality again shone through. We should have scored a couple more, but we defended really well. Overall, we’re delighted with the result and the performance in difficult conditions. Fair play to the lads - they kept going right until the end and got the goal in extra time
2019 12 26 Retrieve
[The Reds trained at Melwood on Christmas morning, and flew to Leicestershire early on Boxing Day. Their focus, as ever, will be absolute] It’s massive. In this position, you don’t really think about Christmas at all, to be honest. It’s such a crucial period
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[Liverpool captain Henderson ‘not bothered’ by Invincibles potential] I am not really bothered about that. I am bothered about next game and next challenge and seeing where that takes us come May. The performance level has been really high for a long period of time. We want to continue that, keep doing the things we are doing, keep improving and keep concentrating on the next challenge. I still think we can improve. The last 10 or 15 minutes they had a good chance. We can’t afford to give teams those chances. Overall, the intensity was really good. We have coped well and need to improve for the derby on Sunday
It’s very important [to keep clean sheets]. It’s something good for us as defenders but also for the team. When we keep a clean sheet it gives us a big chance to win the game as we have so much quality up front. It gives us confidence. We just focus on the next game ahead of us. Sheffield United are a great side. We prepared very well. It showed on the pitch. It was good football at times. We were calm, composed and yeah, it was a good victory
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[Despite that commanding lead that they now possess] We’re not really thinking about the end again. Why should we change now? Why think about the end of the season? There’s still a lot of games left. At Liverpool there’s always expectation to win and be successful and that hopefully won’t change for a very long time
2020 01 17 Retrieve
[Jordan Henderson on Firmino who scores the winner against Spurs] What a player. He is a really important for us, as everyone knows
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[Liverpool captain Henderson speak highly of Adama Traore’s qualities] [Traore] is very tough, strong, powerful, quick. He’s difficult to play against. But the lads did brilliantly against him. I thought we did really well with that
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[Jurgen Klopp’s side swept to a 4-0 victory over Southampton] It was a big effort. It was a difficult game especially in the first half. They are a good team in form and they gave it a right go. We started the second half well and kicked on from there. We’re delighted with the result. We got the momentum back in the game. The Premier League is difficult and we had to work for it. Alisson had to make a few good saves again but overall it’s a brilliant win. We need to use this time as best we can to rest and when we come back be fresh to go again
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[Henderson been at Anfeld for nine years but never has his influence been greater] I’m enjoying this season. Everybody is enjoying their football, but it’s about the work ethic and giving everything for each other - that’s the most important thing to me. Just give everything you can for your teammates. If you do that then you get your rewards at the end
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[Jordan Henderson praises Roberto Firmino after he helped the Reds to a 4-0 home win over Southampton] Some of the stuff he does is madness really. But he’s another outstanding player for us and it was another big performance from him. Especially in the second half, everyone put in a really good performance. We’re just really delighted to get the three points, especially going into the break now
It becomes a little bit normal when you play with that guy. That’s the way he plays and he does those magnificent things all the time. I love him, I absolutely love him. He’s such a joy to play with and to feed off. He’s always looking for others, he works for the team and his skills speak for themselves. He’s a top man and we all love him
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[Jordan Henderson considers Philippe Coutinho’s time at Liverpool has passed] Phil is a good friend of mine. I think he is an exceptional footballer, he has everything, he has a great attitude and he loves football. So, of course, for me he would always be welcome, but it is not up to me. It is probably best to ask the manager that. The boys loved him, so if you ask any of them, I’m sure they’ll say they would love to have him back. But I think his time here has passed, he has moved and I hope that in the near future we will see the same Phil we saw here
I felt we had to reinforce ourselves, of course. I thought he [Coutinho] would be a great loss for us, it would be for any team. But I felt it was a moment to step forward. The boys raised their game and we managed quite well without him
I think you have to give credit to people like Virgil and Alisson, but more players have arrived and they’ve established themselves really well. The two are amazing, we have a really good group of people, not only the best players, but also fantastic people. That helps
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[Henderson: Liverpool have suffered a lot of setbacks this season] One of the best qualities of our squad in recent seasons has been the ability to respond positively to setbacks. It’s probably a misconception this season that we haven’t experienced many. I can tell you we have - all the time in fact.
We’ve had setbacks and adversity within games and we’ve reacted in the right way. We’ve had setbacks and adversity with injuries and illness and we’ve reacted in the right way. We haven’t lost that many games as a club recently, but when those defeats have come we’ve reacted in the right way.
I think the reason for that is quite simple: we don’t make anything bigger than it needs to be. We view every setback as a problem that has a solution. As a group, our culture is: find that solution. Losing in Madrid was disappointing, bitterly disappointing. But perspective is important and so is not over-inflating it. Truth is, the tie is only at half-time, so there’s a long way to go.
As the manager said, we always remain calm at half-time during a 90-minute game and look at how we can positively impact the second half, so why wouldn’t we do that when we have three weeks to prepare for the return? And we’ll have Anfield behind us that night, too. But the other truth is that we need to draw a line immediately as that return leg isn’t until next month and we have lots of work and challenges before then. Our mantra has been, for a long time: focus on the next game and only the next game. That’s what we’ll do.
And, by the way, it’s not hard to refocus because the task ahead of us tonight is really tough. West Ham are a team packed with international quality players, with a manager who is vastly experienced in getting positive results, and with a desire and hunger to improve their situation. If our focus is anywhere other than entirely on trying our best to win this game we’ll suffer another setback without a doubt
2020 02 25 Retrieve
[Liverpool captain Jordan Henderson would welcome Philippe Coutinho back to Merseyside] Phil is a good friend of mine. I think he is an exceptional footballer, he has everything, he has a great attitude and he loves football. So, of course, for me he would always be welcome, but it is not up to me. It is probably best to ask the manager that. The boys loved him, so if you ask any of them, I’m sure they’ll say they would love to have him back. But I think his time here has passed, he has moved and I hope that in the near future we will see the same Phil we saw here
2020 03 12 Retrieve
[Jordan Henderson wants Liverpool to finish strongly in the remainder of their 2019-20 campaign] Obviously we’re really disappointed. I thought the performance overall was very good, the intensity and everything we spoke about before the game. We put everything into the game and we’re bitterly disappointed.
We’ll be disappointed with the goals we’ve conceded, but if we look at the performance then large parts of the game we’ll be pleased with - but we’re just obviously disappointed with the goals we’ve conceded.
With the position we were in and to concede the goals we did isn’t like us, so it’s very disappointing but we’ve got to take it on the chin.
He [Atletico goalkeeper Jan Oblak] made some great saves but we created so many chances to score and obviously just couldn’t find the third [goal] to kill the game off. But listen, the lads gave everything. As we always do, we left everything on the field but unfortunately we just couldn’t get the result we wanted. Tonight and tomorrow it’ll not feel nice but we’ve got to use it and react in the right way and finish off the season well.
We’ve got the derby next, which is a big game for us. That’s what the focus has got to turn to very quickly because that’s a big game and [we’ll] just keep taking it game by game until the end of the season. We want to finish it strongly
2020 03 12b Retrieve
[Despite having 34 shots on goal, Liverpool struggled to find a way past Atletico goalkeeper Jan Oblak, while Andy Robertson hit the crossbar in the second half of regulation time] Any mistake or lapse in concentration can cost you, and like I say we’re really disappointed with the result overall. With the position that we’re in, to concede the goals we did, we’re disappointed and we have to take it on the chin. [Jan] Oblak made some great saves, but we created so many chances to score, and obviously couldn’t kill the game off.
2020 04 02 Retrieve
[Henderson explains how Klopp transformed Liverpool’s identity with never-say-die attitude] That sort of mentality and that resilience within us, especially this season, has been massive in terms of the games we’ve won. I feel as though that’s something the manager really started to instil in the squad when he first came. When he first came, I can remember him talking about never ever stopping and finishing or changing your mentality within a game. You always finish, you always keep going no matter what happens within a game, no matter what score it is, right until the very end, because you never know what can happen in football and you need to keep the same mentality and keep going right until the end. I can always remember that right from the very beginning
If I look back through the time he’s been here and you look at games like Dortmund in the Europa League, coming back like we did in that game, and little games in the Premier League people might not really pick up on, but when you go back I think it has been a progression over a few years and not just one season. I think this season has been massive in terms of the consistency of it, but I really feel as though that was a work in progress and it’s now part of our identity really, that no matter what happens within the game we never stop and we never change the mentality until the game’s finished
2020 04 13 Retrieve
[Liverpool captain Jordan Henderson has put together the Players Together campaign which will be generating important funds to support the NHS] Over the course of the last week we, as a group of Premier League players, have held numerous talks together with the vision of creating a contribution fund that can be used to distribute money to where it’s needed most in this COVID-19 crisis; helping those fighting for us on the NHS front line as well as other key areas of need. This is a critical time for our country and for our NHS, and we are determined to help in any way that we can
2020 04 15 Retrieve
[Liverpool captain Jordan Henderson to Liverpool fans on Hillsborough anniversary] Today was a day when as a club we were all supposed to be together at Anfield to honour the lives of 96 people who went to a football match and never came home. The fact that we are unable to do so will make this anniversary especially hard for the families and survivors of Hillsborough. I’m not one for making speeches, but on behalf of all the players at Liverpool, I just want to let everyone affected know that you are in our thoughts today. As ever, we are together in spirit even if we can’t be together in person. You’ll never walk alone
2020 04 29 Retrieve
[Jordan Henderson among those lending support to Captain Tom’s coronavirus charity push] Just wanted to say congratulations, you’ve done an amazing job to raise so much money for the people who need it most. So from everybody at Liverpool, well done, and of course - you’ll never walk alone
2020 04 30 Retrieve
[Henderson reveals he didn’t ask for Messi’s shirt after Champions League defeat to Barca because of Keane advice] As it turned out, I came on quite early as Naby Keïta got injured. It was the first time I had been on a pitch with Lionel Messi. You don’t think to yourself, ‘Oh my God, that’s him’, but there’s no question he plays the game differently to when you see him on TV. He’s so fast. Thinking about his free-kick now, I still can’t believe he scored it. I actually thought he was going to take it short. I’ve told you how good I think Alisson is, but Messi put that shot in the one area Ali couldn’t protect. The whip, the pace, the precision - it was absolutely perfect. Did I think about asking for his shirt? No. I’ve never done it. Roy Keane told me when I was at Sunderland that if you ask for someone’s shirt, it looks like you are in awe of them
As it turned out, I came home with Luis Suarez’s shirt. Luis is a good lad and he gave me it as a gesture as we had played together for Liverpool. I don’t know what he’s done with mine!
2020 05 06 Retrieve
[Liverpool captain Jordan Henderson believes the club were determined to learn from past mistakes heading into the 2019 Champions League final] It was an accumulative thing, if you obviously look at Madrid, the league that season, if you look further back to the league finals and League One finals that were lost as well. So if you look back there were a few moments where we’ve been through those tough times together. We always responded in the right way and we always kept going and kept improving so I knew after the last game of the league, I knew it would in some way help us going into the final to make sure it wasn’t going to happen again. Certainly the Madrid game, you learn a lot from playing in finals and especially a Champions League one. I felt we learnt a lot from that Madrid game
It was just something that happened. Would I have preferred the cameras not to be there? Probably so you couldn’t see us crying! But at the same time I think that’s what football is all about, the emotion, the passion that I have for football, that my dad’s had over the years, what he’s gone through for me to get me where I am. So then to see him so soon after the final whistle was an amazing moment and one I’ll never forget
2020 05 12 Retrieve
[Jordan Henderson has described Virgil van Dijk as an unbelievable player] What hasn’t he brought, really?! I couldn’t speak highly enough of him as a player. Of course, everybody knows how good he is and what he’s done over the last couple of years for the team, he’s been immense. He’s won his individual awards and rightly so. He’s an unbelievable defender, an unbelievable player. But for me, he’s brought something huge off the pitch. I couldn’t speak highly enough of him off the pitch and the type of man and person that he is. He’s an incredible person, a great leader to have in the dressing room and he’s given everybody a big boost from the first minute that he came in. Every day it’s a pleasure to be around him, [he’s] always smiling, always in a good frame of mind and he’s had a huge impact in the dressing room and on the pitch since he’s been at the club. He does things properly, leads by example and I’m just delighted for him [with] how he’s been playing and getting all the awards that he’s been getting because it’s well deserved and he deserves everything he gets
2020 05 21 Retrieve
[Henderson confident Liverpool will hit ground running on return from coronavirus lockdown] You need to keep the fitness levels as high as you can, and we were given a programme from the club to do, which was really helpful for us to try to keep some sort of general fitness up so when we do come back in we’re at a good enough level to start doing the twisting and turning, the longer passing back into it. That’s been really good for us and I think a lot of the lads will be at a decent level of fitness so when the time does come where we need to play games, I am sure we will be ready.
It’s been a long time, or at least it’s felt like a long time [not playing]. Obviously it was a little bit difficult not knowing when you’re going to go back, so you need to tailor it as best you can, which the fitness staff have done unbelievably well for us. We’re in a good enough position now to start getting going again, getting the balls out and introducing longer passing and getting the sharpness back, which hopefully won’t take too long and we’ll be right back at it again
You do reflect a lot more and look back at things, especially with the time we’ve been sort of off. I haven’t so much looked forward, I’ve actually looked back a little bit more in terms of the season and actually what we’ve achieved so far is incredible really, as a team. It’s more about using that as motivation within training to keep going, because when the time comes we want to make sure we’re in the best shape we possibly can be to finish off as good as we have been for all season really. We want to make sure that when the time is right and we do start playing games again, we pick up where we left off and continue to perform at the highest level, which, looking back, has been incredible for a long period of time
2020 05 27 Retrieve
[Henderson: It would be strange to lift Premier League trophy without fans] Of course it would feel different because if you win any trophy and receive it without any fans there, it would be pretty strange. It is still not over. We still have work to do and we still need to perform at a high level right the way until the season finishes because we want to finish as strongly as we can to make sure it is a full season. After that, whether we win it or whatever, then [receiving] the trophy and the fans not being there … you just have to deal with it when it comes. Hopefully it does happen. We are still in a very good position. It will mean we have won the Premier League and we will all be very happy but then we can look to the future - and whenever fans are allowed back into the stadium, I am sure we will have some sort of celebration together
My opinion is that as soon as everyone is comfortable and as soon as it is safe to do so, we are guided by the experts and doctors on what they deem safe to do. For us at Liverpool, it has been really good. It has been great to get back and everyone has felt comfortable and safe, otherwise we would not have gone in. Hopefully that is the case throughout the Premier League
2020 05 31 Retrieve
[Liverpool star Henderson backs Project Restart] Not really. I think obviously for us we still think we’ve got work to do, and we have. We’ve got nine games left and we want to win as many of them as possible. And that was all our focus was on really in terms of just wanting to get back and waiting for the right time to go back. I was always under the impression that, not only for us but for the rest of the league, it needed finishing at some point
The weather’s been good to make it even more difficult, but it’s been good to get back out there. At first it was in small groups for the first week, which actually was quite good. It sort of eased us back in again, a little bit of light training, some decent sessions. And then obviously we went into the bigger group now and full-contract training, so that’s been really good.
[And meeting up with his colleagues has been a pleasure] That’s been brilliant, just being back and obviously training. Seeing the lads on a day-to-day basis again and just having that banter. You do miss it, so it’s nice to be back and hopefully we can just continue like this until the games get played again
2020 06 01 Retrieve
[Liverpool captain Henderson describes feeling of lifting Champions League as he explains story behind ‘shuffle’ trophy lift] Actually I didn’t really plan on doing that, to be honest. It was a little bit of banter in the changing rooms prior. Robbo was messing about, he’d always do the shuffle pretending to lift the trophy and stuff like that. So, when the time came I felt as though I just wanted to sort of do it together and use that sort of banter that we’d had previously in terms of the little shuffle and stuff. I just wanted to be able to see the lads’ faces just before I lifted it as well. That was really special for me, to be able to see the lads rather than just have my back to them. So, yeah, it was a little bit off the cuff, to be honest. After we did that [for] the Champions League the lads made sure I kept on doing it for the Super Cup and Club World Cup.
[Asked how it felt to get his hands on club football’s biggest prize] Every emotion you can think of really. Joy, relief, happiness, just everything that you could possibly think of. It was just the most special moment to hear that final whistle go, to know that all of the hard work and everything that we have done together in the past however many years, we actually got over the line and managed to win one of the greatest trophies ever, so it was everything I dreamt of and more really. It’s the best feeling I’ve ever had in my life. Obviously, people will say, ‘Well, when you have kids’ and stuff, which again, of course, is a totally unique and most special feeling in the world as well, but it’s different. It is so unique and it was an amazing feeling I hope I’ll never forget.
2020 06 08 Retrieve
[Jordan Henderson admits the pain of losing major finals helped to feed Liverpool’s hunger to get back on the trophy trail] That was a big factor. Not only the 2018 [Champions League] final, but previous finals over the years that we had been involved in - the Europa League final to Sevilla as well, the League Cup final that we lost to Manchester City. All of those things you sort of learn from and it gives you even more hunger to put things right and improve. Every time we have faced that adversity we have bounced back in a really good way. It was just a case of continuing to do that and we knew the time would come where we’d manage to win something. Thankfully it came last year.
The amount of great players of course that we have in this team, but how they are as people, how we are as a dressing room, how close we are and not only players but that’s the staff as well. The fans are incredible of course so it’s just an amazing football club and over the past couple of years we’ve played some pretty good football, went through some pretty tough times but also some pretty amazing times, so I’m just so excited to see what the future holds for this team and this football club because I know we’ll continue to give everything and keep improving and keep learning. If we do that then there’s no reason why we can’t have more success in the future
2020 06 13 Retrieve
[Liverpool captain Jordan Henderson has talked up the talents of Jadon Sancho, insisting the sky’s the limit for his England team-mate] A lot of people are speaking about him. He is a top player, a special player, that in training he has got something different and he’s sharp and able to get past players with ease. Also he’s got a good head on his shoulders, he loves football, wants to improve, listen and learn so if he just continues on that path the sky’s the limit for him really.
He just needs to keep working hard and listening to the people around him and keep doing what he’s doing. He’s been brilliant for Dortmund and England, so he just needs to carry on
There’s not only him, you look at Marcus [Rashford] who’s been out with injury, but such a talented player. He does stuff in training where I just think ‘wow’. Look at Raheem [Sterling] now. How he’s blossomed. Obviously I was playing with him at the very start, he’s gone from strength to strength. He’s turned into such a good player. You forget Trent [Alexander-Arnold]’s so young. He’s achieved so much at a young age but he’s mature and has got great people around him to keep his feet on the ground. Works hard, wants to improve and the sky’s the limit for him as well
2020 06 14 Retrieve
[Liverpool captain Jordan Henderson recently heaped praise upon Jadon Sancho, stressing the sky’s the limit with his skills and attitude] A lot of people are speaking about him. He is a top player, a special player, that in training he has got something different and he’s sharp and able to get past players with ease. Also he’s got a good head on his shoulders, he loves football, wants to improve, listen and learn so if he just continues on that path the sky’s the limit for him really
2020 06 15 Retrieve
[Henderson worried about his swearing ahead of Premier League return] For the players it will be different playing in a big game in a stadium where there’s no crowd because you can hear everybody talking. Again, we’ve got to adapt to that situation and try to keep the swearing down to a minimum. I’m more worried about my language when I’m playing! I don’t want to be having to apologise to everybody after every single game so I need to be careful, especially in the heat of the game. I’m sure the manager will have to be careful with his language as well! But he’ll also know we can’t blame the crowd for not being able to hear what he’s saying at certain times of the game.
[While the atmosphere of games will be different for the rest of the season, Henderson is hoping the Reds can adapt quickly to the situation and secure more silverware] When you were little and you used to play for your school there was no crowd watching then really, so you’ve just got to enjoy your football and appreciate that we are able to go back doing what we love doing. We’ve got to embrace that and make the best out of the situation that we can. The intensity can still be at a high level. If you have the right mindset the intensity can be as high as you want it to be. In that sense, when we do return, I expect the intensity to be high and the football enjoyable to watch. If we do manage to do our job properly and we do manage to get over the line and win the league then that would be amazing. I’m sure Liverpool fans are desperate for us to get back playing and we as players can’t wait to get back playing and finish the job off as best as we can. Although it will be strange to have no fans, winning the Premier League would still be something that we’ve all dreamed of and something that we all want really badly. It won’t take anything away from that
2020 06 22 Retrieve
[Jurgen Klopp’s men were held to a 0-0 draw by Everton at Goodison Park over the weekend] I think we can be a lot better of course. We know that [but] there were still some positive things that I thought were good. We tried to adapt to the situation but overall obviously we are disappointed because we wanted to come here and get the three points. But there are still plenty of positives, a clean sheet and I thought we defended really well. We just lacked that bit in the final third. The intensity was pretty good with the counter-pressing with the ball higher up the pitch. I thought that was good. We were unlucky with a couple of injuries and hopefully they are not too bad. Overall, we’ve just got to take it, move on and try to be better in the next game
Alisson has been outstanding all season and he’s come up with a brilliant save as well to keep us with a clean sheet, so that was important for us. Like I said, in the final third I think we can be a little bit better and more clinical but we’ll get ready now for Wednesday. Every game in the Premier League is tough and each team. You look at our next game against Crystal Palace, who performed well on Saturday, so every game we play will be tough. We’ve just got to perform as best as we can and try and win as many games as we can
2020 06 25 Retrieve
[Liverpool captain Jordan Henderson paid tribute to Jurgen Klopp after the Reds clinched the Premier League title] It is amazing. I didn’t want to talk about it until this moment. I’m so happy for all the boys. I’m just a bit overwhelmed and it’s an amazing feeling. I’m so proud of what we have achieved
There was a lot of emotion and it was a different experience watching the game, and then to be with everyone and all the staff at the final whistle. It was a moment we will never forget. I’m just lost for words at the minute. It hasn’t really sunk in, you never really think of this end moment, you are just concentrating on each game. When this moment comes, I cannot really describe it.
After the Champions League final, I said it wouldn’t be possible to win it without the manager, and that is no disrespect to the managers before him, but I felt from day one he came in the door he changed everything and we have all followed him. So far, it has been very special and I hope we can stay hungry and keep wanting more
What you see is what you get, with his press conferences and on the sidelines. Obviously, he has got more of a personal side with the players, but he has got a balance of having a relationship with the players and being a friend but also being a bit ruthless when he needs to be. He is a great leader and a great human being and we all believe in him. We have got an amazing group and that is down to the manager and how he has gelled them all together. It’s not a coincidence and it’s credit to him and all the staff
2020 06 25b Retrieve
[Captain Jordan Henderson also paid tribute to Klopp on the night, calling him ‘a great leader and a great human being’] What you see is what you get, with his press conferences and on the sidelines. Obviously, he has got more of a personal side with the players, but he has got a balance of having a relationship with the players and being a friend but also being a bit ruthless when he needs to be. He is a great leader and a great human being and we all believe in him. We have got an amazing group and that is down to the manager and how he has gelled them all together. It’s not a coincidence and it’s credit to him and all the staff
2020 06 29 Retrieve
[When Brendan Rodgers took over from Kenny Dalglish at the end of the campaign, Henderson was offered to Fulham in a part-exchange deal to sign Clint Dempsey] It was a tough moment, but one that I feel helped me. Looking back now, it was a blessing in disguise
[Henderson drew plaudits for his performance in that game] I had fantastic players around me. I just tried to do my best for the team and thankfully we got the win. If the manager needed me to go there again, I would do it
2020 07 10 Retrieve
[Jurgen Klopp says injury will not stop Jordan Henderson lifting Premier League trophy] Of course it’s not the way I’d have preferred to have finished the season on a personal level. I’m sure the lads will ensure we finish the season off on a high