He wasn’t always one of the best central midfielders in the Premier League or the captain of Liverpool Football Club and Jordan Henderson has now revealed how he found out about his move to Merseyside over the phone while out for lunch.
Hendo joined the Reds back in 2011 when Kenny Dalglish brought him to Merseyside from Sunderland for an undisclosed fee that has always been thought to be roughly £20 million. In an interview with the Players Tribune published March 23rd, the Reds skipper revealed he found out about his move over the phone.
“Moving clubs is part of the game. In June 2011, I got a call from an official at Sunderland while I was having lunch with my girlfriend and some mates.“
He continied, “On the call, they told me that a deal with Liverpool had been agreed on and that I should head down that way to agree on personal terms. A few hours later, my dad and I were in the car driving down the M6 to Liverpool.
“We got in late and the next morning I was at Melwood. By the afternoon, I was officially a Liverpool player. It was kind of surreal.“
Henderson also continues on to reveal that a huge draw for him when opting to join the Reds was the chance to share a dressing room with Liverpool legend Steven Gerrard and learn from the iconic midfielder.
“He was my favourite England player when I was growing up,“ Henderson starts. “He has also been a big influence on my career, first of all from afar and watching him on TV and then even more so when I got to know him properly.“
“It was a bit strange at first being around Stevie — he was such a big player for both Liverpool and England. However, he’s the kind of person who makes you feel relaxed pretty quickly. Before long being around him was completely normal, and he was a great person to learn from day to day at the club.”