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Things could have turned out very differently for Jordan Henderson had he gone to Fulham back in 2012, but he was adamant he would cut it at Liverpool.
The 29-year old very nearly made the move to Craven Cottage as part of a proposed swap deal with Clint Dempsey after struggling in his early days at Anfield.
However, as recalled by his former teammate and close friend David Meyler, he was "shocked" when he was told and made it clear he was completely against the suggested move.
"I believe they wanted him to go to Fulham and Clint Dempsey was going to go the other way," Meyler said, speaking on BT Sport last night.
"But he said, 'no'.
"He just said: 'No, I want to stay here. I want to play for Liverpool. I'm going to play for Liverpool', and look at him now."
Following Henderson telling Brendan Rodgers he wasn't going anywhere, Dempsey would instead sign for Spurs on Deadline Day.
Fast forward just over seven years and the former Sunderland midfielder has captained Liverpool to a sixth European Cup and is on course to lift the club's first league title for 30 years.
His drive, mentality and dedication to succeed has ultimately paid off. Meyler believes Henderson is the unsung hero in Jurgen Klopp's runaway Premier League leaders and would be a worthy winner of the PFA Player of the Year award.
"They wanted him to go to Fulham and Clint Dempsey would come the other way."- Football on BT Sport (@btsportfootball) January 25, 2020
"He said 'no, I want to stay and play and Liverpool.'" :punch:@DavidMeyler explains why he wants to see his old friend Jordan Henderson win this season's PFA Player of the Year award #FACupTonight pic.twitter.com/RV6NI7fnOV
"He's the one that allows Trent Alexander-Arnold to go forward, he covers a lot of his space a lot of the time. It's almost as if he's playing holding midfield and right-back," Meyler added.
"He understands and is aware that the ability Trent has going forward with his deliveries - you look at the number of assists, I think he's got ten in the Premier League.
"He's unselfish and he does everything for the team."
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