Liverpool captain Jordan Henderson hopes 2021 can bring “happy memories” after reflecting on a “rollercoaster” year that included the Reds’ long-awaited title win but also a global pandemic.
After the agony of missing out on Premier League glory in 2019, Jurgen Klopp’s men put that right in 2020.
Henderson was an integral part of a team that racked up a staggering 99 points. It secured title glory by 18 points and ended their 30-year wait to be crowned champions.
But, of course, the COVID-19 outbreak meant Liverpool played out their final games behind closed doors. And no fans were allowed at Anfield as the Merseysiders hoisted the silverware they prized most.
Henderson told Premier League Productions (via the club website): “It has been quite a year, it’s been a rollercoaster.
“Especially for us, I think the high of winning the Premier League and something that you’ve dreamt of your whole career, to do that is an amazing achievement.
“But also, you understand football, there’s more important things than football in life. And a lot of people have suffered in 2020 with the pandemic.
“So that has been different and it has been difficult for a lot of people, whether that’s been directly or indirectly. I’m sure a lot of people have suffered in that sense.
“I understand what’s going on in the outside world and there’s a lot bigger things happening so it has been a difficult year for everyone. I just hope 2021, which is just around the corner, brings more happy memories for more people and normality can come back in some sense.”
Henderson set for 10-year anniversary
Henderson joined Liverpool in June 2011. So 2021 will mark his 10th anniversary at the club.
He’s had to face some fierce criticism at times. But now the Sunderland-born star is regarded as one of the Premier League’s best performers in midfield. And also an inspirational force as captain.
Reflecting on his time at Liverpool, Henderson said: “I think there’s been a lot of ups and downs, as there are in any career I suppose.
“But I’ve enjoyed every minute of it so far. The experience that I’ve had, the journey that I’ve been on over the last 10 years, has been incredible.
“So I’m very grateful and very honoured to be part of this football club. I just hope I can continue to do that for many years to come. And hopefully there’s many more success stories in the near future.”