He may be out injured but Liverpool’s inspirational skipper Jordan Henderson won’t miss out on the glory of holding aloft the long-awaited Premier League title as the Reds prepare for a massive title party. The Kop giants have waited an incredible 30 years to get their hands on the crown and it has to be said, they have done so in some style this time of asking.
Manchester City, said by many to be the classiest side around, have been left in the wake of Jurgen Klopp’s unstoppable, machine-like men. The Anfield outfit have blown away teams throughout the country and their delirious fans are ready to celebrate in style. And Hendo, very much seen as the exceptional driving forced for the Merseysiders, will not miss out even though he will be side-lined through a niggling knee injury — nothing too serious thankfully — for the remainder of the campaign.
Klopp’s men take on a resurgent Burnley side at Anfield tomorrow and the run-in now is all about the total number of points that the club can amass as they head into the final stages of a wondrous season — and waiting for them is the gleaming reward known as the Premier League title trophy.
Klopp has explained that despite the injury to his very own Captain Fantastic, it has never really been in doubt that the former Sunderland midfield ace will thrust the silverware above his head to the delight of the adoring Kop supporters. He will miss out on the playing side of things because he was injured in the 3-1 win over Brighton and Hove Albion at the Amex Stadium this week.
And the German coach, about to taste his biggest success as Liverpool manager since his arrival from the hot-seat at Borussia Dortmund, said:
“We all felt it. It was an awful moment when he went down. When he left the pitch, we knew immediately. Hendo, in Germany we would say he is an animal because he fights with everything, so if he has pain, he will never tell you.”
He went on to say that Hendo’s team-mates immediately realised that he was out for the remainder of the term and that this added to a change in the mood of the dressing room after the resounding win over the Seagulls. But, and it is a big but, the glory will be there for him with Klopp adding:
“He deserves to lift the trophy — and he will lift the trophy. As I said, no surgery needed, that’s the good news. For all the rest, we can make our own decisions — how it will be around the trophy lift. Hendo will lift the trophy.”
It will be a fitting conclusion for the dynamic midfielder. No one player will be as proud as he is when the pot is lifted.