Jordan Henderson Did His Best Steven Gerrard Istanbul Impression At 3-1 Against Barcelona
There was a time where Jordan Henderson was trying too hard to be Steven Gerrard but on Tuesday night when he did his best impression of the Liverpool legend, it worked a treat.
After Divock Origi struck in the seventh minute to make the Champions League semi-final 3-1 on aggregate, the Liverpool skipper, who had a key role in the build-up, grabbed the ball and animatedly gestured to the players and supporters.
It was eerily similar to Gerrard's reaction when he scored the first goal against AC Milan in that memorable night in Istanbul, where Rafa Benitez' side came from 3-0 down to win their fifth European Cup.
And like 14 years ago, Liverpool were then inspired to produce a stunning comeback against all the odds. Same reaction, same outcome.
In fact, there's one stat in particular that proves Liverpool's sensational victory was just meant to be.
In their last European Cup final triumph 14 years ago, the goals from Gerrard and Vladimir Smicer in the 54th and 56th minute.
On Tuesday night at Anfield, Wijnaldum's devastating double came in those exact minutes. Actual shades of Istanbul.
Henderson, meanwhile, was reduced to tears at the end of the game after putting absolutely everything into the game.
The 28-year-old was involved in a collision with Barcelona centre-back Clement Lenglet in the first-half and was left barely able to walk, never-mind run.
But not wanting to go off 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.
Jordan Henderson was reduced to tears at full-time.
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"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'.
"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."