Jordan Henderson had a steady start to life at Liverpool before thriving under the stewardship of Jurgen Klopp.
Jordan Henderson has opened up about the time he nearly joined Fulham when the then-Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers offered his services to Fulham.
In 2011, Liverpool paid then-Premier League side Sunderland £20 million [BBC Sport] for Henderson’s services as he arrived on Merseyside as 20-year-old.
As a young land, joining a team with such massive expectations and having to be part of a midfield that included midfield great Steven Gerrard, it wasn’t a surprise that Henderson started off life at Anfield in a fairly slow manner.
During the period Rodgers was in charge of Liverpool. Henderson, speaking to TalkSport, recalls the ‘big’ moment that nearly resulted in him moving to Fulham.
“That was a crucial period in my career; not only my Liverpool career but my career in general,” Henderson told TalkSport. “I thought that moment was big, and it was a tough moment, but one that I feel helped me, looking back now.
“I don’t know what would have happened if I didn’t have that moment. It was tough at the time but thankfully it worked out okay in the end.
“To be fair to Brendan, he was brilliant with me after that point; he helped me grow as a player and as a person, and I really matured under him. It was a blessing in disguise really.”
It’s amazing how things can work out because Henderson is now one of Liverpool’s great midfielders and most importantly he now has a Champions League medal around his neck.
But he will not want to stop there because the ultimate is ending Liverpool’s English League title drought as they are currently sitting top of the tree in England’s top-flight.
It has to be questioned if Henderson does guide Liverpool to Premier League glory at the end of the season, will he be regarded in the same bracket as Gerrard, or dare it be said even greater?