Jordan Henderson EXCLUSIVE: Liverpool captain on Jurgen Klopp’s ‘mentality monsters’, being criticised every week, and whether Reds are actually lucky


Jordan Henderson EXCLUSIVE: Liverpool captain on Jurgen Klopp’s ‘mentality monsters’, being criticised every week, and whether Reds are actually lucky

Jordan Henderson spoke exclusively to talkSPORT for a wide-ranging interview covering the early stages of his career all the way up to his greatest and most recent success – lifting the European Cup as Liverpool captain.

Henderson, the midfielder, also reflected on the time he was offered to Fulham, while he had praise for Liverpool’s famous supporters and the club’s manager, Jurgen Klopp.

The interview was broadcast, in full, on GameDay Exclusive as talkSPORT previewed all the weekend’s football action and started to build up to the first of our three LIVE commentaries on Saturday – which you can listen to by clicking HERE!

You can read the highlights of Henderson’s chat with talkSPORT below, and also listen to the audio above…

Henderson sat down with talkSPORT’s Laura Woods earlier this week

HOW DID YOUR EARLY CAREER AND GOING ON LOAN HELP YOU?

“It was a big experience for me, at such a young age, going on loan to Coventry.

“The Championship is a difficult league and living away from home on my own, I thought it really put me in good stead going forward and becoming a bit more mature.

“And I really enjoyed my time there.

“I had good people around me, and had a good couple of months there. It ended badly with an injury, but overall I really enjoyed my time there, and it put me in good stead coming into the next pre-season when Steve Bruce came in.

“He had seen me playing for Coventry and had liked what he’d saw, so from thenm I got my opportunity [at Sunderland].”

YOU ARE LIVERPOOL CAPTAIN, BUT HAVE YOU ALWAYS BEEN A LEADER?

“At a young age I was always captain, so I’ve always been given that responsibility.

“It’s just the way I was brought up – the values from my parents and friends, the people I grew up with. I’ve had that responsibility for my whole life really.

“Having a younger sister, who I looked after when I was quite young… things like that mean I’ve always had that responsibility to look after people and I think people could see that.”

Henderson is a key player for Liverpool and England
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WHAT WAS IT LIKE BEING OFFERED TO FULHAM BY BRENDAN RODGERS?

“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.”

HOW DID IT FEEL BEING NAMED LIVERPOOL CAPTAIN?

“It was a huge honour. Especially at the start until I was named captain it was a whirlwind really, in terms of my progression as a player.

“Obviously he 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.”

WHAT WAS IT LIKE COMING SO CLOSE TO WINNING SILVERWARE, BUT FALLING SHORT?

“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.”