Jordan Henderson has revealed that his Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp has been in contact ahead of England’s Euro 2020 clash with Germany next week.
The old rivals face off in the last-16 stage on Tuesday. It is sure to be one of the ties of the round.
The Liverpool captain is being eased back into action having not played since last February through injury.
He played no part in the opening two games, but showed his quality with his recent cameo off the bench.
Gareth Southgate may decide to stick with Declan Rice and Kalvin Phillips in midfield, but Henderson is likely to see some action off the bench if he does not start.
In a press conference, Henderson revealed that German national Klopp has been in touch about the game.
He said: “Yes, he has [been in touch].
“To be honest, as soon as the final whistle went, he just sent a smiley face emoji!”
He continued: “It’s exciting. It’s a huge game and one that we’re looking forward to.”
Henderson and Klopp show their close bond
This light-hearted exchange is further proof of the close bond shared between the Liverpool manager and captain.
The mere mention of Klopp’s name saw Henderson’s eyes light up. There is clearly a mutual love and respect between them.
We all remember the scenes at the final whistle of the 2019 Champions League final. The pair embraced in front of the cameras in what was a truly heart-warming moment.
The 31-year-old is Klopp’s voice on the pitch. He understands exactly what his manager wants and ensures his teammates do too.
While they will be on opposite sides on Tuesday, we are sure that there will be no love lost.
While Klopp will want his country to win, he will also want Henderson to have a good game.