Steven Gerrard told the Times that he is proud of Henderson and while he helped the Liverpool skipper, all credit must go to the 28-year-old.
He said: “I always tried to put my arm around him and be there for him because I knew it was a big move. But everything he has done, and will go on to do, is down to him. He deserves the credit for that.
“Winning will change his life, it will change all their lives. People around the world knew who Jordan Henderson and all the Liverpool players were, but millions more will know about them now because the Champions League brings a worldwide audience. It is the competition everyone sees.”
Steven Gerrard won the 2005 Champions League final as Liverpool toppled the mighty AC Milan side that boasted footballing legends like Kaka, Maldini and Nesta.
Some will say that Liverpool’s sixth European Cup win isn’t as special due to the fact that Tottenham are a million years away from being considered as one of the best club sides of all time.
Yet, Liverpool fans won’t care at all as it’s the club’s first Champions League win in 14 years and was won by players that have such emotional back stories which make the triumph all that more enjoyable.
Henderson’s story is one of the most heart-wrenching as he almost left the club and had to play for several months with the knowledge that his dad, Brian, was undergoing treatment for throat cancer and refused to allow his son to see him as he was worried that it would distract him.
On Saturday, Brian and Jordan embraced on the side of the pitch and held each other while sobbing their hearts out. Such moments encapsulate why these Liverpool players run themselves into the ground to help each other win.
For Liverpool, this is just the start.