Jordan Henderson reveals why he wanted ‘to kill’ Luis Suarez at Liverpool


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The duo was a key part of the Liverpool squad that nearly won the 2013/14 Premier League title under current Leicester City manager Brendan Rodgers.

Jordan Henderson has revealed that there was a time in his Liverpool career when he was “ready to kill” fellow teammate Luis Suarez.

The Champions League-winning Reds’ skipper moved to the Merseyside in 2011 after sealing a £20m switch from minnows Sunderland.

However, by the time Henderson was able to establish his reputation as one of Liverpool’s most dependable players, Suarez had already proved himself as one of the deadliest strikers in European football, with his aggressiveness setting him apart from other players in the game.

And Henderson has now revealed why he was initially unhappy at the way the current Barcelona star made him feel like he wasn’t good enough to play for a team that had the Uruguayan in its ranks.

Henderson reveals why he wanted to ‘kill Suarez’

BILBAO, SPAIN - FEBRUARY 10: Luis Suarez of FC Barcelona in action during the La Liga match between Athletic Club and FC Barcelona at San Mames Stadium on February 10, 2019 in Bilbao, Spain. (Photo by Juan Manuel Serrano Arce/Getty Images)

While speaking to Jamie Carragher for The Greatest Game with Jamie Carragher podcast, Henderson laid bare the anger he had at his former Liverpool teammate.

“I was trying to do the best I can do. Being a footballer, there is criticism and people doubting you all the time,” Henderson told former Liverpool defender Carragher.

“At that time, I was a young player and there were one or two things Luis did in training that I didn’t like.

“The arms were up like ‘what the f***, what is he doing’ like I shouldn’t be there. That really hurt me. He did it three times and then I exploded and I was ready to kill him.

“From that point, I had a good relationship with Luis. In the next game, I set him up for his goal. He was brilliant with me after that and I was really close to him after that and he was another big player I learned from.”

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Henderson has proved his mettle at Liverpool

LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - JANUARY 19: Jurgen Klopp, Manager of Liverpool congratulates Jordan Henderson of Liverpool following the Premier League match between Liverpool FC and Crystal Palace at Anfield on January 19, 2019 in Liverpool, United Kingdom. (Photo by Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images)

Although he wouldn’t have meant it to be that way, the anecdote shared by Henderson regarding his testy relationship with Suarez reveals how far the current Liverpool captain has come in his career.

Unlike his predecessor Steven Gerrard who was a Reds’ fan favorite right from the time he kicked his first ball for the club, Henderson has to prove his mettle through years of hard work.

The current Liverpool captain was nearly pushed out of the door by manager Brendan Rodgers in the summer of 2012, who wanted to bring in Fulham’s Clint Dempsey in a swap deal for the midfielder.  Henderson refused a move to Craven Cottage and proved his worth to the Liverpool side by becoming the engine of the starting XI in the last few seasons.

The testament to how far Henderson has come was given by Brendan Rodgers, who claimed in an interview a few years ago that Liverpool would have won the 2013/14 season had Henderson not been suspended for the Chelsea game famous for the unfortunate Steven Gerrard slip.

However, with Liverpool having won the Champions League under his leadership and currently sitting 8-points clear at the top of the Premier League table, Henderson has put past failures behind him to lead the club on the path to future glories.

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