Jordan Henderson has thanked three men for helping him on the road to becoming Liverpool’s Premier League winning captain.
The Reds are back in action at Anfield for the first time since their success when they take on Aston Villa on Sunday, and Henderson has used his captain’s column in the matchday programme to thank the influences on his career that took him to this history-making point.
“I could fill the entire programme listing people I am grateful to and, by the way, none more so than all my current teammates, the gaffer, his direct staff and the unreal club staff, who we don’t get to see as much of,” Henderson wrote.
“But there are three people whose contribution to me personally here at Liverpool I want to highlight and thank.
“Firstly, Sir Kenny Dalglish.
“One of the things that set me off on the night we won it was seeing Kenny on TV immediately after and how emotional he was.
“Along with Damien Comolli, to whom I will also be forever grateful, Kenny is the reason I got the opportunity to play for this amazing club.
“Secondly, is Brendan Rodgers.
“I think on the outside Brendan probably isn’t given the credit he deserves for the role he played in our journey as a club.
“But I know on the inside, from people who know and understand, it’s hugely appreciated. You only have to listen to our gaffer now speak.
“Thirdly, is Steven Gerrard.
“It’s impossible to sum up the importance of Stevie to the modern Liverpool and what we are achieving together now.
If you speak to every player in our dressing room – from the oldest to the youngest – they’ll all tell you that following in the footsteps of Steven Gerrard was a massive factor in wanting to sign for this club.
“It was for me, and I was lucky to play alongside him for club and country.”
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