Jordan Henderson admits he was “ready to kill” Luis Suarez in the early stages of their time together at Liverpool before their relationship eventually grew.
Henderson arrived on Merseyside before the start of the 2011/12 season in a £20million deal from Sunderland.
Suarez, who now plays for Barcelona, had completed a move from Ajax six months earlier and was already becoming an important player for the Anfield club.
And Henderson has opened up about his early memories of Suarez in which the former Liverpool striker used to make frustrated arm movements at him.
“I was trying to do the best I can do. Being a footballer, there is criticism and people doubting you all the time,” Henderson told The Greatest Game with Jamie Carragher podcast.
“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.
“The arms were up like ‘what the f***, what is he doing’, like I shouldn’t be there.
“That really hurt me. He did it three times and then I exploded and I was ready to kill him.
“From that point, I had a good relationship with Luis. The next game I set him up for his goal.
“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.”