A tribute to Jordan Henderson: From walking punchline to Liverpool's Premier League winning captain

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Jordan Henderson is a Premier League winning captain and nobody can ever take that away from him.

The Liverpool midfielder has competed an incredible journey from walking punchline to Premier League champion after the Reds’ first league title in 30 years was sealed.

Henderson has never had it easy. Sir Alex Ferguson thought he couldn’t run properly. Brendan Rodgers wanted to sell him to Fulham. Steven Gerrard thought he was ‘too safe’.

Now look at him.

He’s a world, European and Premier League champion and a Liverpool icon.

Henderson didn’t want to leave Liverpool for Fulham in 2012.

“No, I want to stay here. I want to play for Liverpool. I’m going to play for Liverpool,” he told Rodgers.

The midfielder knuckled down and set about proving the doubters wrong.

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There were many, even within the Liverpool squad.

Jamie Carragher revealed that Luis Suarez would have a go at Henderson when he made a bad pass, while Gerrard considered him ‘too safe’.

“Sometimes Jordan plays the easy or safe pass when sometimes I think he has got that little bit more in his locker,” Gerrard said, per the Daily Mail.

“He can open a defence up and he has got a decent range of passing but at times I think he does (play it too safe).”

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Gerrard epitomised what it meant to play for Liverpool are was worthy of the captain’s armband.

It took Henderson a while to prove that he too was worthy, but he’s stepped up and delivered.

Take a bow, Jordan.

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