Jordan Henderson has opened up on how he was “ready to kill” Luis Suarez during their time together at Liverpool.
The Reds captain has firmly established himself as one of the key members of Jurgen Klopp’s squad and helped them lift last season’s Champions League title.
Why did Henderson and Suarez clash? Five things to know…
- Jordan Henderson signed for Liverpool from Sunderland in June 2011.
- Luis Suarez had joined the Reds from Ajax in January of that year.
- Henderson initially struggled to impose himself at Anfield.
- The 29-year-old has revealed how Suarez’s intense pressure in training damaged his confidence.
- The relationship was only improved when Henderson provided an assist for Suarez and proved his worth.
But Henderson’s time on Merseyside hasn’t always been so enjoyable, with the England international telling Jamie Carragher’s The Greatest Game podcast how much pressure Suarez put him under at an early age and that the Uruguayan even made him feel like he didn’t belong at the club.
“I was trying to do the best I can do,” he said. “Being a footballer, there is criticism and people doubting you all the time.
“At that time, I was a young player and there were one or two things Luis did in training that I didn’t like. It made me feel I wasn’t good enough to be in the same team in training.”
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Henderson went on to say Suarez’s conduct in training even pushed him to the point where he was “ready to kill him”.
“The arms were up like ‘what the f*ck, what is he doing’, like I shouldn’t be there,” the ex-Sunderland man added.
“That really hurt me. He did it three times and then I exploded and I was ready to kill him.”
Henderson reveals how his relationship with Suarez improved
Henderson is now closing in on 350 appearances for Liverpool, many of which came alongside Suarez, and despite getting their relationship off to a tough start, things did start to improve once the 28-year-old set up a goal for the now-Barcelona striker.
“From that point, I had a good relationship with Luis. The next game I set him up for his goal,” Henderson said.
“He was brilliant with me after that and I was really close to him after that and he was another big player I learned from.”