Sir Alex Ferguson and Manchester United were humiliated by Jordan Henderson’s progression at Liverpool.
Jordan Henderson has been with Liverpool Football Club for ten years, and few would have predicted that when he first arrived on Merseyside that he would stay for ten years.
In other ways, though, his career has been about proving others incorrect. When Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers came over after Henderson’s debut season, he was pleased to trade the promising midfielder for Fulham’s Clint Dempsey.
Sir Alex Ferguson reportedly stated in his autobiography that he was interested in signing Henderson from Sunderland but was turned down because of his running style.
“We saw Henderson runs with his knees bent and his back straight, whereas the modern footballer sprints with his hips. We were concerned that his gait would cause him issues later in his career,” he wrote.
Henderson, for one, claimed the remarks didn’t disturb him. When asked about it ahead of a match at Old Trafford in 2014, he stated, “I never felt like I had a point to prove really – except maybe to myself and to Liverpool Football Club in terms of progressing as a player.”
And he did, without a doubt, improve as a player. But maybe more intriguing than Henderson’s improvement as a player is how he has had to change along the road to the point where he has played numerous roles for Liverpool.
By trade a central midfielder, the former Sunderland man struggled to find his feet on the right side of midfield for much of his first season with the Reds.
He had put himself in the heart of Rodgers’ team two years later, making the joint-most appearances in all competitions as Liverpool came agonizingly close to winning the league.
Henderson did a lot of the running in the middle of the pitch with captain Steven Gerrard holding at the base of the midfield. He’s the one. The summary comes to a close.