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We won the title for Gerrard and Dalglish, says captain Henderson

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There was a time when Jordan Henderson was in the shadow of the illustrious Liverpool captains who preceded him.

Now he stands apart from the legends, soon to become the first Anfield leader to lift the European Cup, FIFA Club World Cup and English league championship.

Emlyn Hughes, Phil Thompson and Graeme Souness were able to get their hands on two, and a year ago Henderson mirrored the success of mentor Steven Gerrard with Champions League victory.

That triumph prompted the 30-year-old to get a tattoo of the European Cup on his left thigh. Will he be doing likewise with the Premier League trophy?

"Possibly. A few of the lads have mentioned that. So I don't think I can let them down, but we'll have to wait and see," he says.

Typically, Henderson played down his own achievement to dedicate the club's 19th title to the former captain who handed over the armband in 2015.

"After everything he has done for me and this football club, this is not only for us as players and the fans but it is also for players like Stevie and Kenny [Dalglish], who mean so much to this football club," Henderson said.

Proud

"I know how much it would mean to Stevie to win the Premier League title. He is so happy for us to be able to do that. I was devastated in 2014 that we couldn't get over the line for him, but I know he will be so happy and so proud of this team to be able to bring the Premier League trophy toLiverpool. This one is quite personal for me and definitely to do it for him is quite big."

Gerrard will be the first to state that Henderson has no cause to defer to the Anfield legends now. The scale of that achievement does not seem to have occurred to him, the midfielder appreciative of Gerrard and Dalglish in particular because, while they were instant heroes to the Kop, Henderson's journey demanded he win over sections of Liverpool support in the early years of his career.

"When I first took over the role of the captaincy, when people might have doubted me and criticised me as a person, I said then that no one will replace Steven Gerrard at this club, no matter what the captain or team wins," Henderson says.

"No one will ever replace him. It wasn't even in my mind when I took over the captaincy, it was just to do the best I could for this club and that is all I ever try to do." (© Daily Telegraph, London)

Telegraph.co.uk




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