Henderson: I didn’t watch pens

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Liverpool midfielder Jordan Henderson has admitted he was too nervous to watch the decisive penalty shoot-out in the Reds’ Carling Cup triumph.


The Anfield youngster started the game at Wembley but made way for Craig Bellamy after about an hour.


Kenny Dalglish’s side sealed the victory when Steven Gerrard’s cousin Anthony missed the decisive penalty in a shoot-out that took place after a dramatic final finished 2-2 after extra-time.


“I couldn't watch the penalties being taken, I was that nervous,” Henderson told the Liverpool Echo.


“I have to say it was great bottle from all the lads who went up and took a penalty, because I was nervous just watching them.


“I can't imagine what they were feeling, but each and every one of them showed brilliant character.”


It was a hard-fought victory for the Merseysiders as they had to come from behind and went ahead in extra-time only to be pegged back in the dying moments of the game.


It was not a vintage performance by the Reds but hey will be unconcerned as it means they have won their first trophy for six years in their first visit to Wembley since 1996.


Dalglish will be hoping this can buoy his side to even greater feats, pushing themselves into the fourth spot in the Premier League and Champions League football next year.


They face a tough task to continue the run as they face Arsenal on Saturday in the early kick-off – the Gunners are also chasing fourth place and will be in high spirits after their derby demolition of Spurs on Sunday.

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