Jordan Henderson's Half-Time Orders To Club Doctor
For years now, many have doubted the credentials of Jordan Henderson as an all-round midfielder, but on Tuesday night, on arguably the grandest stage of them all, he proved so many wrong.
It was a nervy start ahead of kick-off. When Jurgen Klopp announced Liverpool‘s unlikely teamsheet ahead of kick-off, some questioned his decision making. Henderson and Milner in midfield? Origi and Shaqiri up top? All questionable decisions.
But his ballsy decision-making turned out to be a stroke of genius, and that man Henderson was one of the best performers at Anfield, not only playing a part in the opener but constantly applying pressure on some of Barca’s key men.
He showed great heart, spirit and determination to rally the troops and a story he gave at full-time gives further insight into his leader-like mentality.
The 28-year-old was involved in a collision with Barcelona centre-back Clement Lenglet and was left barely able to walk never-mind run.
And when he arrived in the Anfield changing room at half-time, he ordered the doctor to give him everything in order to carry on and help his team complete one of the greatest comebacks in Champions League history.
“I was struggling when I got a whack on the knee,” said Henderson after the game via The Mirror.
“It was dead. The doctor said just keep it moving. I managed to get to half time and I had a bit of treatment, took painkillers, all that stuff which helped.”
“There was a jab and tablets. Both. Everything. I said: ‘just give us everything’.” he explained with a broad smile on his half time treatment.
“So I managed to get through it and the crowd helped as well and keep us going. It was an amazing night and I am honoured to be part of it and contribute.”
When asked where the performance against Barcelona ranks in his career, Henderson didn’t hold back:
“It has to be the top. It was an unbelievable night. From start to finish I thought the lads were amazing.
“The atmosphere was amazing. It was just unbelievable. And we always believed. It is hard to say that when you get beat 3-0 in the Nou Camp, but in the changing room we had belief we could hurt them.
“Tonight with a special atmosphere with a special crowd special goals created a special night, an amazing night and one that we will remember forever.”
An unforgettable night, that’s for sure.