Jordan Henderson has explained the extent of the pain he played through in Liverpool’s Champions League semi-final in an interview with the Daily Mail.
Henderson looked to be badly injured mid-way through the first half in an incident reminiscent of Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain’s knee injury.
However, through sheer grit, the Liverpool captain made it through the game and ultimately guided his team to victory.
He told the Daily Mail: “There was no way I was going to come off that night.
“I hurt a tendon in my knee in a tackle but I knew if I could manage the pain and reach half-time, I’d be OK.
“I had injections and painkillers and jumped on the spinning bike for 10 minutes to stop my knee seizing up.
“What happened afterwards will stay with me forever.”
It was a brilliant performance by Henderson on the night, made all the more impressive after this revelation.
It looked for certain that Henderson had suffered a serious injury when he hit the turf under the Anfield lights.
But the skipper dragged himself up and battled through until he could receive treatment at half-time.
It is this kind of iron will, grit and determination that underline Henderson’s credentials as Liverpool captain.
He has been maligned and slated in large parts of his Liverpool career, with many questioning how he’s still captain.
But it is this type of attitude that Klopp sees as pivotal to have from his skipper.
It also demonstrates to fans the extents Henderson is prepared to go to for this team which should be admired.