Jordan Henderson moved to calm speculation regarding a reported tunnel bust-p he had with Diego Costa in the first leg of Liverpool’s Capital One Cup semi-final clash with Chelsea last week.
The match at Anfield finished 1-1 thanks to a Eden Hazard penalty and a sublime solo goal from Raheem Sterling to leave the tie finely poised as the teams go into the second leg at Stamford Bridge ion Tuesday evening.
“I don’t know what you are talking about!" - Henderson
Henderson and Costa had a disagreement during the match, with the pair squaring up to one another, and the Liverpool Echo are reporting that the exchange carried on down the tunnel after the match. However, the England international denied there was anything serious going on.
He has been installed as vice-captain by manager Brendan Rodgers and will take over the role full-time next season after club legend Steven Gerrard complete his move to LA Galaxy. This promotion has the 24-year-old keen to take on more responsibility, which he claims is behind the spat with Costa.
“I don’t know what you are talking about! There was nothing in it really,” he said when asked by reporters about the tunnel bust-up.
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“I just feel as though as I need to take that extra responsibility on and off the field to help the young players coming through. I’ve been through the same things as them. We have to be strong both physically and mentality against Chelsea, and I think we’ve shown that recently. We’ve shown that we can be physical when we need to be.”
The past two seasons have been promising or Henderson, as they have seen him begin to realise some of the potential that prompted Liverpool to spend £20million on signing him from boyhood club Sunderland in 2011.
Career On The Up
He has seen himself become an England regular and looks to be the natural successor to Gerrard in the middle of the park. However, it has been a tough season for the Red so far, as the second place finish of last term has not been built on and they could struggle to make it back into the top four.
The Capital One Cup is a huge opportunity for Rodgers’ men to win a morale-boosting trophy and begin what Liverpool fans hope is the beginning of a new era of success at Anfield. However, Jose Mourinho has already proved he has the nous to outwit his former charge and defeating Chelsea at Stamford Bridge is no easy task.