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Henderson recalls the time Rodgers wanted to sell him

Sat 02 January 2021 | 9:05

Liverpool’s Premier League and Champions League-winning captain turned down a swap-deal move back in 2012 when Brendan Rodgers took the charge of the club.

Jordan Henderson

signed with

Liverpool

from

Sunderland

for an €18.00m fee in 2011, and although the next year

Liverpool’s

then-new manager wanted to offload him in a swap-deal for

Clint Dempsey

, he fought for his place and eventually became the Reds captain who lifted the Premier League trophy after 30 years.

The 30-year-old midfielder told

Guardian

:

“That was a difficult moment I remember very clearly.”

“We were preparing for a [Europa League qualifying] game against Hearts at Anfield. We met as normal in the hotel and I got a knock on my door saying the manager wanted to speak to us.

“To be fair to Brendan Rodgers, it was really just a conversation. It was an opportunity I didn’t want and I didn’t like. I still felt I had an awful lot to give, but I was in a very dark place at that time.”

During

Jurgen Klopp’s

first season at Anfield, his skipper missed 19 Premier League games through a succession of injuries.

“When the manager first came, it was difficult for me because I was injured

,” he said.

“I kept getting niggles so it took a while to get the real me and my rhythm back.

“And then I began to play in a deeper role and that is thanks to Jurgen, because I don’t think many people would have seen how I could do that role. There were times when I wasn’t performing well. Then you would question if I was good enough.

“But I had confidence in the manager and kept working and I matured. I’m really grateful for having that opportunity because my all-round game has improved defensively and offensively.

“When we signed Fabinho, a natural defensive midfield player, I felt that was a good thing for me because I could play a little higher up. So when I had the conversation with the manager he was very open. But I don’t think he was going to play us there straight away.

“Not long afterwards I was on the bench at that Southampton game before I came on as an attacker and managed to score. I’ve matured even more since then.

“At the end of last year, I played more as a No.8, but with certain injuries I’ve had this season I’ve played a little deeper again. I feel I can contribute to both positions.”


source: SportMob