In the latest Liverpool news, captain Jordan Henderson has revealed how he turned down the opportunity to leave the Reds during Brendan Rodgers’ spell in charge.
Henderson arrived at Anfield in 2011 from Sunderland for a reported £20million but, after failing to impress during his debut season, many reports at the time suggested he would be sold.
The opportunity to leave did come around for the 27-year-old back in 2012 with Liverpool happy to let the midfielder depart in a swap deal for then-Fulham forward Clint Dempsey.
However, Rodgers said it was down to the England international whether he wanted to move to Craven Cottage and, after some hard thinking, he opted to remain on Merseyside and fight for his future.
Almost six years on and Henderson is now a regular starter under Jurgen Klopp and the skipper will be hoping to guide his side to victory against Real Madrid in the Champions League final on Saturday.
Henderson has been speaking ahead of the spectacle in Kiev and opened up about the whole transfer saga that nearly stopped him from getting to where he is today.
He told the Daily Mail: “Brendan [Rodgers] called me in and said ‘listen, this is the offer’ and he asked me what I thought. It implied to me that he would let me leave and it was up to me. I went back to my room. I shed a few tears. I ended up crying a little bit because it hurt so much. I had the game that night to think about it as well.
“There are always those moments in football – and life in general – which can decide the path and the route you go down. For me, it was never an option to leave.”
Henderson is also being tipped to captain England at the 2018 World Cup in Russia after being named in Gareth Southgate’s 23-man squad and the Three Lions are 18/1 with bet365 to win the tournament.