Liverpool midfielder Jordan Henderson has addressed questions regarding his potential departure two years ago.
The England international joined the Merseyside outfit from Sunderland in the summer of 2011 for a reported transfer fee of £20 million. Expectations were huge on Henderson, but he failed to impress in his debut season at Anfield in 2011-12.
There were suggestions that the 24-year-old could leave Liverpool following the appointment of Brendan Rodgers as the club’s manager in June 2012.
Henderson did come close to leaving the Reds in the summer of 2012, but he eventually chose to remain at Anfield. When asked by Sky Sports on Sunday why he decided to stay at Liverpool, the Englishman simply stated: ‘Well, why would you leave Liverpool?’.
Reflecting on his thoughts on joining Liverpool in 2011, Henderson said: ‘When I first moved, it was a bit of a shock. It is a huge club. You don’t realise it until you actually come here and are playing for the team. I worked hard to get here and I wanted to stay here for as long as I could’.
In the past couple of seasons, Henderson has established himself as one of the key players in the Liverpool team.
Manager Rodgers has made him a more accomplished and tactically better player, and he was a figure of consistency last season as Liverpool narrowly missed out on their first ever Premier League title.
Henderson has been impressive for Liverpool again this season and will be crucial to the team as the season progresses.