Happy Birthday Jordan Henderson!
Born in Sunderland, Henderson started his career off at his boyhood club Sunderland FC and made his debut as an 18-year-old in the 2008/09 season. He was loaned to Coventry City in the championship for the second half of the 2008/09 season but a metatarsal injury restricted him to only make 10 appearances.
Once he had fully recovered from injury he became a fixture for Sunderland and he won Sunderland’s Young Player of the Year due to his performances. Henderson was called into the senior England squad by Fabio Capello and making his full international debut against France in November 2010. He arrived at Anfield in the summer of 2011 for a fee of around £16 million.
Henderson played more first-team matches in 2011/12, 48 out of 51, than any other player at Liverpool. At times he seemed a little lost and wasn’t able to cope with the way the team played. He got his first goal against Bolton in the second home game and scored his second against Chelsea in the final match. He was called up for the England Euro 2012 squad due to Frank Lampard being injured and appeared twice as a substitute.
After a difficult first season on Merseyside Henderson seemed to find his feet a bit with the arrival of Brendan Rodgers. He appeared in 44 of the club’s 54 competitive matches and managed to get himself on the scoresheet a few more times. He scored a crucial goal away to Udinese that ensure qualification to the knock-out stages of the Europa League.
He again made progress in the 2013/14 season and would have appeared in every one of the club’s 43 matches if he had not received a red card against Man City. His energy was missed in the midfield for the following three games.
He was named in Roy Hodgson’s 2014 World Cup squad for the trip to Brazil and started the first group game against Italy. He started again against Uruguay but was substituted by Rickie Lambert shortly after teammate Luis Suarez scored what would be the winner.
He was named vice captain of the club after Daniel Agger departure and only missed one premier league game in 2014/15 and was getting close to 200 appearances for the club. In July 2015 he was named club captain after it was announced Steven Gerrard would be leaving at the end of the season. A metatarsal fracture kept him out of the side for three months, he also tore his knee ligaments in April and although he was fit in time for the Europa League final, he had t settle for a pace on the bench.
Henderson retained the captaincy for the 2016/17 season and was present in the side until picking up a foot injury in the February that kept him out for the rest of the season. He again remained captain for the 2017/18 season and lead the team out in the champions League final in May, unfortunately he didn’t end the game with a winners’ medal.
Henderson has made a total of 280 appearances for the club so far scoring 24 goals.
Article by Lauren Black [email protected]_Black9
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