Liverpool’s Carling Cup triumph feels like a dream, says Henderson
Liverpool midfielder Jordan Henderson reveals the reason he moved to Merseyside was to win trophies like the Carling Cup
Jordan Henderson admits winning the Carling Cup with Liverpool still feels like a “dream”.
The 21-year-old, who secured a £20m move to Liverpool from Sunderland last June and started Sunday’s final, revealed the chance to win silverware was a key motivation behind his decision to quit his boyhood club and move to Anfield.
“It’s a great feeling,” he told the Liverpool Echo after the Reds’ win over Cardiff City at Wembley. “It’s a great honour for me to win my first trophy as a professional, and it is the same for a few of the other lads as well.
“This is what you dream of when you come to a club like Liverpool. It is a dream to play at Wembley, to play in finals and to play in amazing arenas like this.
“Growing up you are aware of Liverpool being a great club with great players who won trophies and medals and competed for honours.
“The history of the club, and the success it has had throughout the years, is there for everyone to see.
“That was in my mind when I joined the club, to follow those players and to play in big games, finals, and big occasions like this. We are all proud that we have been able to do that, and to win another trophy for the club.”
Henderson was replaced by Craig Bellamy after 58 minutes against the Bluebirds, and the midfielder admitted he found it difficult to watch the Reds dramatic 3-2 penalty shoot-out win.
“I couldn’t watch the penalties being taken,” he added. “I was that nervous.
“I have to say it was great bottle from all the lads who went up and took a penalty, because I was nervous just watching them! I can’t imagine what they were feeling, but each and every one of them showed brilliant character.
“I would have wanted to take one, but it’s easy for me to say that now I suppose! It takes real bottle to step up, and the lads all deserve great credit for doing so. It was a great end to the day.”