Liverpool have been to hell and back in the past few days. The sport has. The Super League announced on Sunday night threatened the very existence of the game we know and love. Thankfully the project appears doomed. Jordan Henderson has cemented his place among Liverpool legends with yet another example of extraordinary leadership.
Super League scandal
For years the threat of a Super League has stalked the game from afar.
It has watched our victory parades from a birds’ eye view, it has stood on the Kop in a trench coat during our most dramatic moments, measuring decibel levels and pies sold.
The Super League has always been there, waiting to strike, once it had gathered enough data and its breeders had become desperate enough.
That moment came on Sunday night when a dozen clubs announced that they were breaking away from UEFA to form their own competition.
Subscribe to Rousing The Kop TV now
The sides expected to be joined by a further three founding clubs and then five more teams would qualify each year based on domestic achievement.
The founding fathers of the competition would be guaranteed a place in the tournament each year.
Two leagues of 10 would be played out with the top three from each competing in the quarter finals along with fourth and fifth placed playoff winners.
The Super League is yet to formally disband but it is currently in tatters.
The money grab was condemned far and wide with fans, pundits and politicians coming out in opposition to the plans.
The move was slammed as it threatened the integrity and existence of the footballing pyramid.
In response to the backlash the Premier League sides involved began withdrawing one by one.
Chelsea were the first club to go and by the end of the night they had all withdrawn.
Just how Florentino Perez can expect this to go ahead after such a humiliating collapse is anybody’s guess.
We won’t put anything past him, his greed knows no bounds.
Jordan Henderson Liverpool legend
We learned yesterday that our skipper had called a meeting of the Premier League captains in order to coordinate a response to the scandal.
Before the meeting even took place he and the rest of the squad took even more drastic action.
Jordan Henderson led the Liverpool players in issuing a statement against the competition.
This is not the first time that the skipper has stepped up in the face of adversity.
He coordinated the Premier League players’ response to the COVID-19 pandemic last year.
Now he has pushed his club to do the right thing, despite the obvious risks involved with so publically attacking the owners.
He did the right thing and got the right result at the right time.
Jordan Henderson is a Liverpool legend in every sense of the word. He is one of the greatest captains we have ever had.
He is a leader on and off the pitch, he embodies everything this club is about. He gets it.
We are lucky to have him, long may he reign.
My captain, my captain.