Liverpool captain Jordan Henderson sits down with Sky Sports’ Jamie Redknapp to debate his “rollercoaster” 2020, lifting the Premier League title and his hopes for a “brighter” 2021, in an unique Christmas interview.
Henderson entered 2020 as a Champions League winner and finishes it as a Premier League champion. It’s been a 12 months like no different in phrases of sporting achievement for the England worldwide. But the coronavirus pandemic has ensured it wasn’t so easy for the 30-year-old.
Speaking to former Liverpool midfielder Redknapp, the Liverpool captain talks about:
- Lifting Liverpool’s first league title since 1990 with out followers
- How the pandemic has put issues in perspective for him
- The problem of retaining the title for Liverpool
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What’s this 12 months been like for you?
It’s been a rollercoaster to be trustworthy. On one facet of it I’ve achieved a dream that I’ve dreamt of my complete life. But in the circumstances it was clearly totally different and every little thing that was occurring in the surface world, individuals had been struggling lots, I understood that there are extra vital issues than soccer. It’s been a rollercoaster however I nonetheless really feel a number of positives have come out of it. I feel we have realized lots as individuals throughout this era and hopefully 2021 is a little more constructive and we are able to begin getting issues again to some normality.
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What was it like once you lastly bought your arms on that trophy?
Liverpool captain Jordan Henderson lifting the Premier League trophy
It was a tremendous feeling. I feel, in fact, no followers was an enormous disappointment for us and for them. But on the finish of the day it was nonetheless an unimaginable feeling to get our arms on the trophy and to raise that trophy that we would all needed for thus lengthy was an actual particular feeling and one that can dwell with us without end actually.
What had been the lodge celebrations like once you came upon you had been PL champions?
It was an excellent night time. It was good simply to be collectively after being in lockdown for thus lengthy and it was good simply to be collectively and have some meals and watch Chelsea get the outcome towards Manchester City. Fortunately on that night it was meant to be that we received the league. It ended up being an excellent night time – I’m certain you’ve got seen a number of the movies – but it surely was an actual particular second that once more we are going to bear in mind without end.
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Have your achievements exceeded your childhood desires?
Yeah, in fact, as a child I’d dreamt of enjoying in the Premier League, the Champions League and for England. So to have the ability to do that’s an honour anyway and it’s particular for me to do what I do on daily basis as a result of I like it. But to realize what now we have in the previous few years – profitable the Champions League, Premier League, the Super Cup and World Club Cup – has been unimaginable actually. The journey has been one to this point, I suppose, there’s been a number of ups and downs however I’ve loved each minute of it and hopefully there’s much more to return in the longer term. I look ahead to what we are able to obtain going ahead.
How a lot have you ever missed the followers?
Liverpool has seen followers return to Anfield after virtually 9 months away
To be trustworthy, even having just a few thousand in on the minute makes an enormous distinction. Just to see them after we first got here out towards Wolves was an actual good second so I am unable to even think about what it is going to be like when it is full. We are all wanting ahead to that, we all know how massive an element the followers play and I feel this pandemic has proven how vital the followers are throughout the game actually. Fingers crossed it may be a bit brighter in 2021 and we are able to get all the followers again in and I feel that can make an enormous distinction for everybody concerned in soccer actually. We are all actually wanting ahead to that.
How tough will the title be to retain for Liverpool?
Very tough. I knew that will be the case. When you win a trophy, retaining it’s even more durable and I feel it is going to be very tough, however we knew that initially of the season. There are different groups which are bettering, enjoying effectively and can problem proper till the top of the season I’m certain. Obviously it is a bit distinctive this season with what’s going on with the pandemic. It’s totally different circumstances however on the finish of the day it is about us specializing in what we are able to management and that is coaching as laborious as we presumably can, preserving focussed on what we wish to obtain and after we play give every little thing for the three factors – and that is what we try to do each sport it doesn’t matter what competitors it’s. That’s put us in good stead over the previous few years so we simply must proceed that and see the place we’re on the finish of the season.
Any New Year’s resolutions for 2021?
Nothing that I’ve considered to this point. I feel 2020 has put a number of issues in perspective, not solely only for me however for everybody that has suffered through the 12 months. I feel household and well being is a very powerful factor so going ahead simply appreciating every little thing you may have much more, actually.
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