Liverpool vs Spurs: Jordan Henderson showed elite mentality after 2020 win

Jordan Henderson will go down as one of Liverpool‘s greatest ever captains.

While he’s not as talented as the likes of Steven Gerrard and Graeme Souness (not many are in truth), the former Sunderland man has been key to Jurgen Klopp‘s success at the club.

Henderson leads by example on the pitch and is also a mighty fine footballer on his day.

You don’t play 442 times for Liverpool and earn 69 England caps without being able to play to a very high standard.

Henderson’s finest season with the Reds was undoubtedly 2019/20, where his magnificent midfield performances helped win the team with the title for the first time in 30 years.

The 31-year-old was deservedly named the FWA Footballer of the Year and Liverpool Fans’ Player of the Season.

He also secured a spot in the 2019/20 PFA Premier League Team of the Year.

Liverpool's Jordan Henderson with the Premier League trophy
LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND – JULY 22: Jordan Henderson of Liverpool holds the Premier League Trophy aloft along side Mohamed Salah as they celebrate winning the League during the presentation ceremony of the Premier League match between Liverpool FC and Chelsea FC at Anfield on July 22, 2020 in Liverpool, England. Football Stadiums around Europe remain empty due to the Coronavirus Pandemic as Government social distancing laws prohibit fans inside venues resulting in games being played behind closed doors. (Photo by Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images)

Henderson was a man on a mission that season and demanded only the best from himself and the team, as he highlighted after a crucial 1-0 victory away at Tottenham Hotspur in early 2020.

A first half goal from Roberto Firmino secured all three points for Klopp’s side, but the hosts certainly had chances to take at least a point from the match.

Liverpool were rather lucky and as a result, Henderson wasn’t exactly all smiles when he shared an embrace with his manager at full-time.

In fact, the midfielder appeared to say: “It’s not good enough, it was s**t.”

Take a look at the footage…

Video: Henderson’s reaction after 1-0 win over Spurs

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Talk about not settling for mediocrity, eh?

Joe Gomez and Virgil van Dijk didn’t exactly look thrilled after the victory in north London either.

It’s perhaps no wonder that the current Liverpool squad are often referred to as ‘mentality monsters’.

The win over Spurs in early 2020 extended Liverpool’s unbeaten run to 38 games and they didn’t taste defeat until they travelled to Watford at the start of the March, where they lost 3-0.

They still went on to win the 2019/20 title by a whopping 18 points, though.

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