Jordan Henderson's Half-Time Orders To Club Doctor Shows He Is An Incredible Leader
For years now, many have doubted the credentials of Jordan Henderson as an all-round midfielder, but on Tuesday night, on arguably the grandest stage of them all, he proved so many wrong.
It was a nervy start ahead of kick-off. When Jurgen Klopp announced Liverpool's unlikely teamsheet ahead of kick-off, some questioned his decision making. Henderson and Milner in midfield? Origi and Shaqiri up top? All questionable decisions.
But his ballsy decision-making turned out to be a stroke of genius, and that man Henderson was one of the best performers at Anfield, not only playing a part in the opener but constantly applying pressure on some of Barca's key men.
Jordan Henderson was reduced to tears at full-time.- ESPN UK (@ESPNUK) May 7, 2019
Football, bloody hell! pic.twitter.com/RRJu43rnvY
He showed great heart, spirit and determination to rally the troops and a story he gave at full-time gives further insight into his leader-like mentality.
The 28-year-old was involved in a collision with Barcelona centre-back Clement Lenglet and was left barely able to walk never-mind run.
And when he arrived in the Anfield changing room 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.
"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'." he explained with a broad smile on his half time treatment.
"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."
Jordan Henderson man. How many critics has he had? Once again, he's bossed the midfield and lead his team to another final. Some boy. pic.twitter.com/Rj2M0W23gW- The Anfield Talk (@TheAnfieldTalk) May 8, 2019
When asked where the performance against Barcelona ranks in his career, Henderson didn't hold back:
"It has to be the top. It was an unbelievable night. From start to finish I thought the lads were amazing.
"The atmosphere was amazing. It was just unbelievable. And we always believed. It is hard to say that when you get beat 3-0 in the Nou Camp, but in the changing room we had belief we could hurt them.
"Tonight with a special atmosphere with a special crowd special goals created a special night, an amazing night and one that we will remember forever."
:muscle: - "We said to each other we would fight right until the end."- Sky Sports Football (@SkyFootball) May 8, 2019
Jordan Henderson says Jurgen Klopp's pre-match words inspired @LFC's "amazing" @ChampionsLeague comeback against @FCBarcelona: https://t.co/9DzULg5HbB pic.twitter.com/YrHzagOoKf
An unforgettable night, that's for sure.