Liverpool midfielder reveals emotional reaction to Steven Gerrard’s retirement
Jordan Henderson reveals how he reacted when he learned of Liverpool legend Steven Gerrard's retirement
Jordan Henderson has revealed that there were lots of different emotions swirling around in the Liverpool captain’s head after Steven Gerrard announced his retirement last week.
The England international played alongside Gerrard for four season before the Champions League winner called time on his Reds career at the end of the 2014-15 campaign.
Henderson succeeded Gerrard as Liverpool’s club captain and the versatile midfielder has helped guide Jurgen Klopp’s side to second place in the Premier League table.
The former Sunderland man was a key part of Liverpool’s title bid in 2013-14 as Gerrard got to within two games of winning an elusive Premier League title.
Speaking to Liverpool’s website about Gerrard’s retirement, Henderson revealed his initial reaction to the news after Gerrard left Major League Soccer outfit LA Galaxy.
“Last week, when the news broke that Steven Gerrard was to end his playing career, like everyone else connected to Liverpool and football in general, there were loads of different emotions going around in my head,” Henderson told Liverpool’s website.
“At first it was shock; even though it shouldn’t have come as a surprise, it still rocked me on my heels when I saw it break and read the words ‘Steven Gerrard retires’.
“But that soon gave way to gratitude. I’m so incredibly lucky to have played with him, learnt from him and most importantly got to know him as a person.
“I think that’s the part of this where I feel most fortunate. To have had the opportunity to get to know him and see how he conducts himself on and off the pitch has been priceless for me.”
Henderson added: “I still remember the first time I met him as a teammate, after I signed. Obviously I was nervous as anything because he was Steven Gerrard and I was this young kid from Sunderland who’d grown up seeing him as the best player in England and possibly Europe playing in my position.
“I have no idea if I managed to hide those nerves or not, but what I do remember is how amazing he was at welcoming me and making me feel at home and part of this club.
“But that was Stevie, someone who had this incredible presence and aura but at the same time able to make you feel at ease and comfortable around him. I was so lucky to have him here as captain when I joined and he probably has no idea what a positive impact he had in helping me to settle in. I know loads of other players say exactly the same thing.”
Liverpool are in second place in the Premier League table and a point behind leaders Chelsea after 13 games.
The Reds booked their place in the League Cup semi-final on Tuesday night thanks to a 2-0 victory over Leeds.