‘Jordan Henderson told Liverpool 'no' when they tried swapping him for Fulham's Clint Dempsey in 2012’

The sight of Jordan Henderson lifting a trophy for Liverpool is becoming fairly common.

In the last seven months, the Reds captain has guided in his side to victory in three of the most prestigious titles in club football: the Champions League, the UEFA Super Cup and the Club World Cup.

And he’ll almost certainly do so a fourth time in Liverpool’s final home game of the Premier League season.

Henderson has played a key role in the Reds’ resurgence under Jurgen Klopp, such is his commitment to giving absolutely everything for the Anfield club.

Not everyone is of the view that he’s adequately replaced Steven Gerrard as skipper, though there’s a growing appreciation for his leadership qualities.

Speaking on BT Sport, Henderson’s former Sunderland David Meyler says every team needs a player like the 29-year-old.

“If you look at the work Jordan does, he’s the one that allows Trent Alexander-Arnold to go forward, he covers a lot of his space a lot of the time. It’s almost as if he’s playing holding midfield and right-back,” he said.

“He understands and is aware that the ability Trent has going forward with his deliveries – you look at the number of assists, I think he’s got ten in the Premier League.

“He’s unselfish and he does everything for the team.”

According to Meyler, who shares a close friendship with Henderson, Liverpool would’ve cast away their talisman in 2012 if it wasn’t for his drive to succeed on Merseyside.

The former Ireland international was on the phone with Henderson when then Reds boss Brendan Rodgers came to see the midfielder about moving him on.

“I believe they wanted him to go to Fulham and Clint Dempsey was going to go the other way,” Meyler recalled.

“But he said, ‘no’.

“He just said: ‘No, I want to stay here. I want to play for Liverpool. I’m going to play for Liverpool’, and look at him now.”

Say what you will about Henderson, but you simply can’t fault his dedication.

In an era when few players truly wear their heart on their sleeve, Henderson is a shining example of the fact that no matter how football evolves, determination will always be an invaluable trait.

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