Jordan Henderson is thirty-years-old. He’s just won his and Liverpool’s first ever Premier League trophy. We’ve watched nearly Henderson’s whole career happen at Liverpool. He arrived from Sunderland in 2011, part of a less than stellar player recruitment plan led by the majestic Damion Comolli. King Kenny was once photographed alongside Henderson and other incomings Charlie Adam, Stewart Downing, and that goalkeeper Doni. It’s not a great memory.
Many players have come and gone from Melwood over the last decade. Even Henderson was infamously offered to Fulham by Brendan Rodgers. But the captain stuck around, fought for his place, worked hard to fulfill his dreams. He, of course, eventually, methodically, removed the weight of Steven Gerrard’s prestige and became a bonafide captain in his own right.
It’s been a pleasure watching Henderson grow into the influential presence he his now, both on and off the pitch. Watching him lift trophies is pure joy.
“The Premier League has been a dream of mine since I was a kid and that was one of the reasons why I wanted to come to Liverpool – you want to win trophies and the expectations are so high,” said Henderson.
“But when you come as a young player, it’s so difficult. It’s been a process, a journey and it hasn’t happened overnight.
“Over the past five years since the gaffer came in, it’s been a process, a journey and every single player has been a part of that journey. To finish the season off like this has been really special.
“We can enjoy tonight but, after this, next season is going to be a big challenge for us. I thought tonight we showed the mentality again to come and perform like we did, and get the result we did.”
Then, leaning into that famous team togetherness, Henderson added:
“We’re always there together for each other, it’s a really close group – as you can see – and that’s off the field and on the field.
“It makes a massive difference and it’s another thing the gaffer has brought since he’s come in: that togetherness in the dressing room. It has made a really big difference on the pitch.”