Jordan Henderson exclusive: 'It's special to be a part of Liverpool history, but we want more'

[17-05-2022 03:24 PM]

Ammon News - Jordan Henderson tells Sky Sports: "I've been very fortunate to be a part of this team, this club and win as many trophies as we have, but we never want to stop."

"It's an incredible feeling. To be a part of Liverpool's history means a lot and to captain and lead this team means so much as well, so I never take that for granted."

Jordan Henderson's name went into Liverpool Football Club folklore on Saturday when he lifted the FA Cup aloft following his side's penalty shootout victory against Chelsea at Wembley.

It was something that may have seemed impossible when the 31-year-old came close to leaving Anfield in the summer of 2012. Henderson admitted 'he cried a little bit' after was told he was free to leave the club by then boss Brendan Rodgers, but after deciding to stay at the club and fight for his place, the rest as they say is history.

The 31-year-old has gone on to become the first Liverpool captain to lift six different trophies, adding the FA Cup to the Premier League, Champions League, Carabao Cup, UEFA Super Cup and FIFA Club World Cup, completing a remarkable trophy haul.

You can see the pride bursting out of Henderson when he is told about that stat, especially given the decorated history of Liverpool's past, but after letting his guard down for a split second, the focus was quickly back on the team, showing what the Reds skipper is all about.

He always has and always will be a team man.

"I never really think it is about me. It is about the team and what we are achieving," he told Sky Sports.

"I'm very fortunate to be playing in this team and very lucky to be a part of this squad. That's what I tend to focus on more than anything."

The games continue to come fast for Henderson and his Liverpool side as they chase an unprecedented Quadruple.

They added an eighth FA Cup triumph to their Carabao Cup success earlier this year, and now attention turns back to the Premier League when they face Southampton, live on Sky Sports on Tuesday, and the final game of the season on Sunday against Wolves before the small matter of a Champions League final against Real Madrid on May 28.

And for Henderson there's no time to dwell on past successes as he and Liverpool look to add to their ever-expanding trophy cabinet.

"Over the last few years we've been successful and won an awful lot of trophies, but I think you learn that it is about the journey, most importantly, especially when you are winning big trophies.

"It's an incredible moment [winning a trophy] and then after that you realise actually it's about the journey and getting there, doing it all over again and enjoying it.

"Thankfully, I've been very fortunate to be a part of this team, this club and win as many trophies as we have, but we never want to stop. We always want to keep going and to keep moving forward.

"I probably won't appreciate as much as I should until I finish because I'm always thinking about the next thing."

It's not always been this good in Henderson's time at Liverpool.

There were his early struggles following his £20m move from Sunderland. Then there were the final defeats in the Europa League final and the Carabao Cup final in 2016 before the Champions League final defeat of 2018 in the early Jurgen Klopp years.

And as Liverpool return to action quickly off the back of Wembley success, Henderson insists it was those final defeats that gave Liverpool motivation to go on and achieve the relentless success of recent years.

"When I look back, we've lost our fair share, for sure, especially at the beginning, and I felt as though that gave us extra energy, extra fire to go and get there again and go one step further in all competitions," Henderson said.

"It's a different challenge when you win to then produce that again and again and again, but I think the lads have dealt with that brilliantly.

"It's about the journey and it's about doing it as much as possible. You never know when it is the last time you are going to win a trophy.

"So, it's about enjoying it and cherishing that moment, but also looking ahead straight away.

"In football things change really quickly and you can't lose focus. You've got to just concentrate on the next thing, the next challenge, and that makes it a little bit easier."

Knowing what the pain of losing in a final feels like was one of the main reasons behind Henderson's decision to console Mason Mount moments after the Chelsea star's missed penalty handed Liverpool the FA Cup.

Henderson added: "That is always a big thing for me. You've got to be respectful to the opponent, especially with players you play with from your national team.

"You know how good they are and that they are good people, especially in penalty shootouts, it's never nice for people to miss penalties.

"I knew he'd be feeling really down and to be honest, he probably didn't want me going over there thinking back, but I just wanted to give him a little bit of support because he's a top player, a great lad and he's still very young.

"He's got the world at his feet and I'm sure he'll bounce back, and when he gets the opportunity again, he'll step up and put the ball in the back of the net."


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