Jordan Henderson Phoned Jurgen Klopp And Asked If He Could Return To Liverpool Training Early
England only touched down in Birmingham airport recently after a long and successful World Cup journey, but clearly midfielder Jordan Henderson wants to return to club football as soon as physically possible.
Henderson, who played a pivotal role in the nation's success, phoned Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp after they arrived and asked if he could report back to training early.
Klopp rejected his request, though, and told him to take a holiday after his World Cup heroics. You've got to admire his professionalism, here.
"It was a hard fight to convince him that he needed a holiday," Klopp said via The Telegraph.
"I knew it would happen. On the phone I said 'crazy'. Jordan needs a holiday so that means August 5 he will be back. Dejan (Lovren) had a party in Croatia and played a day later so he will be back on August 6. That would mean five days training after three weeks holiday.
Klopp later explained how Henderson has always believed in the importance of training every day, as the idea of him being potentially concerned about the arrival of new signings emerged.
"That would mean they weren't confident and that makes no sense," Klopp said.
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"Hendo believes 100 per cent in training. He feels like he needs training every day, a bit like Millie (James Milner). They are old-fashioned professionals, which I like.
"Sometimes the manager has to say, 'Stop! Make a break!'
"They shouldn't be worried about anything like that because we'll need them all. Trent was flying. He could probably play three years in a row but that wouldn't make sense.
"I think three weeks holiday is really okay. Over the season we have days off. I don't want to sing a sad song but for players who play for their countries, three weeks in the summer is their holiday. Not too much but it's okay and they are used to it. In situations when we can do it, we give some time off. The Champions League starts again on September 18, until then they don't have games every three days."
Liverpool fans will be delighted to hear about Henderson's eagerness to return to Anfield.