Henderson Wants Captain’s Pressure, Refuses to Picture Himself Among the Greats

The last time Jordan Henderson ran out in a League Cup final for Liverpool, the weight of expectation didn’t fall quite so heavily on the shoulders of the 25-year old with long-serving skipper Steven Gerrard there to bear the brunt. Now, as successor to local legend’s well worn armband, the Reds captain will look to make it two for two when he leads the Merseyside giants out against Manchester City at Wembley later on today.

“I think it adds pressure but when you take on [the role of] captain of such a big club like Liverpool it’s pressure anyway, but as players you want that,” he told the club’s official website in the build-up to the big day. “You want that pressure to drive you on, to motivate you to want to do better for not only the team but the club and the fans,” explained the skipper. “My main focus is on just the final now and concentrating on what I need to do for the team to be successful.”

Consistently inconsistent has been the phrase quite often used to describe Liverpool’s season thus far, but cup finals — as the story goes — are one off matches where the form book — if you’ll allow another cliche — is thrown out the window. The Anfield outfit may have trounced the Citizens once already this season, but Henderson isn’t about to take the result for granted or start picturing himself joining the pantheon of legendary Liverpool captains that have lifted silverware in the famous Red.

“That’s not really in my thoughts,” said Henderson when asked about getting the chance to lift the trophy. “All I’m thinking about is doing the best for the team where I feel as though I need to do as captain to lead by example. For me, it doesn’t matter who lifts the trophy or who judges me about being captain. All I’m bothered about is winning,” continued the 25-year old, striking the perfect tone. “If we win then that’s the most important thing and anybody can judge or say what they like because at the end of the day we [would] have won and that’s the main thing.”

One thought on “Henderson Wants Captain’s Pressure, Refuses to Picture Himself Among the Greats

  • February 28, 2016 at 7:50 am

    Afraid I can’t see Hendo as the Reds captain for too long.

    At the moment injury or otherwise, his performances have dipped drastically. Hendo imho, is not a leader, it takes a mix of experience, courage and capability, one must lead by example and have it in him to inspire others when all else fails and sadly he is lacking on all counts. Won’t be surprised one bit if he fails to show up in the Finals at Wembley today. However, he is a good squad player and should remain so with a better midfielder bought in the summer to drive us forward, someone like Gundogan, Granit Xhaka even Xabi Alonso who still has the ability to thread a pass through a bunch of defenders.

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