It would be a lie to say that the first two season of Jordan Henderson’s captaincy tenure were anything but a disappointment. After being given the armband following the departure of Steven Gerrard, our leader was sidelined not once but twice with mysterious foot problems, leaving him with only 17 appearances in his first season as captain and 24 in the second.
“I was devastated. I was feeling good – the best I have ever felt – so to have a blow like that late on in the season, when it was such an important time for us as a team, was a big blow and hard for me to take,” Henderson said of last season. “I was flying and feeling really good, and then I got a bad kick in training on the top of my foot. At first I thought it was just a bruise but it kept getting worse and then we had to get a scan and it was quite bad.
"That is where it all started.”
Henderson missed the crucial last 3 months of the Reds’ campaign last season, despite hard work and dedication to get back as soon as possible. He unfortunately didn’t make it, but continued to focus throughout the summer with eyes on returning for a full preseason. Now he’s looking to the pre-season to shake off the rust and get back to where he was before having to miss out.
“I can’t remember the last time I had a full pre-season so by the end of it I hope I will be very, very fit,” he continued. "I just had to keep working as hard as I can. I didn’t manage to get back but worked hard over the summer to get back to this point.”
Henderson featured in the 4-0 win against Tranmere on Wednesday, playing 45 minutes there, and another 45 minutes against Wigan on Friday. He was also included in the squad that traveled to Hong Kong and will surely be able to continue working towards a return to the league.
Keep it up Captain because we missed you.