Jordan Henderson says that seeing the hard work the Liverpool squad have put in to overcome previous setbacks makes their Premier League title win ‘more special.’
The Reds fell agonisingly short of a winning the league last season too. Despite reaching 97 points, they lost out to Manchester City who picked up 98.
There was plenty of talk about whether they could recover from that, particularly having played so well.
But Jurgen Klopp’s men cruised to the title this time around, securing it with seven games to go.
And speaking to Liverpool’s official club website, Henderson says those past experiences only make the triumphs sweeter.
“That’s why it means so much, no-one sees the tough part,” he said.
“No-one sees the hard work that has gone behind the scenes and what you’ve been through. Not only as an individual off the pitch, but also through your career on the pitch. Nobody gets to see that side.
“To go through everything that I have, and the lads as well, that’s what makes it more special and emotional when you do get to the point of achieving your dreams.
“That’s why I am so happy, because I see how hard the lads work every single day. I see different stories from where they’ve come from and how hard it’s been for them.
“So, when I see them lift the trophy – whether that’s the Premier League, Champions League, World Cup Championship or Super Cup that we’ve got out there – I’m so proud of what they’ve done and so humbled to be a part of it.
“I just want them to continue on that and I’m sure they will. I see them in the gym, I see them working as hard as they possibly can, every single day, on that training pitch.
“If we stay together and do that, then I’m sure we will have more happy memories to come in the future.”
The setbacks “were for a reason”
Liverpool have also lost three cup finals during Henderson’s time as captain. They were beaten in the League Cup and Europa League finals in 2015/16, while they also fell to defeat in the 2018 Champions League decider.
Prior to that, the England international was a part of the squad that threw away the league in 2014.
Henderson says there isn’t one of those that he is most proud of recovering from. But he does believe that all of them contributed towards getting to the position he is now.
“There’s been so many. There have been so many low points, so many setbacks throughout my career and my life that there certainly wouldn’t be one that I look to.
“All of them were for a reason. I went through all of that for a reason: to get to this point. It makes it even more special now that I’ve managed to achieve my dreams and there’s still more to come. There’s still more I want to achieve and that goes for all of us.
“We want more and you’ll never forget the low points, they are the things that drive you and give you extra motivation and energy.
“I will never forget that, no matter how many trophies we win; you will always remember and it always still hurts, certain moments within your career and in your life.
“I will always use them to motivate me to do more and want to be better.”