Skipper Hendo lifts lid on Liverpool spirit admits Covid-19 crisis

Jordan Henderson

Liverpool skipper Jordan Henderson has revealed that the Reds players are managing to maintain their incredible dressing room spirit even though they are on lockdown amidst the coronavirus crisis.

Jurgen Klopp’s men are enduring the agony of seeing the season put on hold as the world tries to combat the spread of the deadly pandemic. Liverpool sit at the very summit of the Premier League some 25 points ahead of second-placed Manchester City.

Yet the title is still agonisingly distant given the top-flight powerbrokers’ indecision as to whether or not the season will continue or be declared null and void. As much as everyone at Anfield realises the serious nature of the Covid-19 outbreak and that football has been suspended in light of it, there is still a natural frustration in the camp that, for the time being anyway, the Kop kings can’t officially get their hands of the title for the first time in 30 years.

But midfielder Hendo says despite the on-ice nature of the game at present, the players are still managing to stay in touch and raise each other’s spirits thanks to the use of What’sApp. The Reds captain, signed for £20million from Sunderland in 2011, told the club’s official website:

“We’ve got a big WhatsApp group and things are getting fired in quite often, so everybody’s sort of staying in contact and chucking different videos in and different challenges that we can do.

“There has been a lot of contact with the lads because normally we’re spending every day together and travelling together and all sorts of stuff. To not see each other for a long period of time is strange, especially at this time of the season. But at the same time, when we have the off-season, again, it’s pretty similar to that.”

Hendo, who has played 264 times for the Reds and who has earned 55 international caps for England, admits that even though the players are staying in touch easily enough, there is still a strange feeling caused by the lockdown. He added:

“It’s just the time that we’re at and the stage that we’re at in the season that it is a little bit different. Now we’re in the house and you can’t really do anything else, it is a bit strange.”

Meanwhile, the Kop idol says he has had to be creative with his training regime now that he is doing it all on his own rather than with his team-mates and support staff. He added:

“We’ve been given some programmes and stuff by the club, of course, and things that we need to do. But I suppose it’s like the off-season in that sense…just be given a programme, follow that over the holidays. Whenever I get time in the day, I go out and do my work. So far, I feel as though I’ve been keeping in decent-enough shape.”