Jordan Henderson has revealed that former Liverpool team-mate Luis Suarez once had to wear “someone else’s boots” during a match as his ankle was too swollen to fit into his own.
The Uruguayan scored 82 goals in just 133 appearances for the Merseyside outfit, narrowly missing out on winning the Premier League in his final season at the club.
And Henderson has been giving an insight into what the 30-year-old was like during his time at Anfield and was most impressed with the forward’s durability.
“Knocks and niggles didn’t bother him, he played through them,” Henderson told LFCTV series ‘Premier League Heroes’.
“[He was] a real warrior. I never saw him in the treatment room.
“I remember one game, his ankle was that swollen he couldn’t get his boot on, so he had to go a size up in someone else’s boots. He played on and scored an unbelievable free-kick.”
“Stuff like that you don’t forget. What he does on the pitch speaks for itself.
“To line up in the tunnel, it’d give you so much confidence as a player knowing that you were going into a game and he was leading at the top. You would react from him and he would set everything off.
“He could make the difference at any point. You could be backs against the wall and defending for your life, and Luis could come up with a bit of magic and get you a goal – that’s the quality he had.
“I think the biggest thing was just the confidence he gave the whole group. When you line up alongside him and you’re on the pitch, you know no matter what happens in the game he could produce anything for you. That gave us confidence as players.
“I learned a lot from Luis as a player and as a person.”