Liverpool boss Kenny Dalglish has moved to thank England U21s boss Stuart Pearce publicly after the Young Lions allowed Jordan Henderson to leave the squad early.
After the £20 million summer signing from Sunderland helped his country to a 6-0 win over Azerbaijan in a Euro qualifier on Friday night, there was a fear the 21-year-old could be exposed to last night's 4-1 friendly win over Israel.
However, Dalglish was more than happy that common-sense prevailed, and the news is a boost to the often fragile relationship between club-and-country management.
"We're very grateful for that gesture and it was very much appreciated," said Dalglish on the gesture.
"It was a good bit of common sense by Stuart Pearce. With it being a friendly he was going to look at a few other players so rather than keep Jordan with the squad he released him back to us.
"It's important clubs and international managers work together - it's all about building bridges. It was an intelligent decision and we thank him for that."
In other news at Anfield, Dalglish is sweating on the fitness of Charlie Adam after the Scottish international returned to the club earlier than expected after picking up an injury in Saturday's 2-2 draw with the Czech Republic.
"Charlie is back with us and we will just have to wait and see how he responds to treatment," he concluded.
"It's too early to know about the weekend yet."
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