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Using Disappointment to Fuel Success: For Jordan Henderson Fans Only

The Liverpool captain talks about coming up short and harnessing the loser power for motivational purposes.

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It’s been a solid career so far for Jordan Henderson but the Liverpool midfielder will be hoping to fill his remaining years in football with more silverware than he’s currently acquired. The Premier League was nearly won in 2014, but wasn’t. The Champions League was nearly won, but wasn’t. The Europa League, as well. And England are perennially unfavored. Henderson has experienced plenty of good times on the pitch. Great times have been difficult to come by.

“They always stay with you, those moments,” said Henderson of losing the big ones.

“It gives you even more motivation to then keep going, keep wanting to be in that position again to make it right, and go that final step, really.

“It’s definitely an extra motivation that I use. Maybe I had a little taste of it playing in finals but I haven’t really managed to win the big trophies, and that’s the next step.

“You always want to go on, you always want to go on and win. It’s so disappointing that we haven’t done that. And that gives you that bit more to want to get back there and want to put it right.”

Liverpool are still in contention for the Premier League and Champions League this season so it’s possible that Henderson gets a shot at happiness very soon. This captain has been at the club since 2011. He’s 28-years-old and in the prime of his career where all the experiences and lessons and skills he’s picked up have refined his footballing prowess. He’s feeling good and ready to win.

“Of course. That’s what us as players want to do, for us as a team and for the fans as well, for the whole club,” Henderson said.

“We’ve put ourselves in a great position to compete. And now it’s down to us to just keep going.”

Seven must-win matches remain to be won domestically if Liverpool are to beat out Manchester City for the title and the club’s next Champions League opponent will be FC Porto at Anfield in April.

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