Jordan Henderson has revealed why he was ‘ready to kill’ Luis Suarez during the pair’s time together at Liverpool.
The England international is now firmly established as a key figure in Jurgen Klopp’s league-leading side and captained Liverpool to Champions League success last season, though it was not always a straightforward path for Henderson at Anfield after joining from Sunderland as a youngster.
Henderson initially struggled to make an impact on Merseyside, revealing the details of a training ground bust-up with former teammate and now Barcelona star Suarez, who had grown frustrated with the midfielder’s performances.
“I was trying to do the best I can do. Being a footballer, there is criticism and people doubting you all the time,” Henderson said in an interview with Jamie Carragher.
“At that time, I was a young player and there were one or two things Luis did in training that I didn’t like.
“It made me feel I wasn’t good enough to be in the same team in training. The arms were up like ‘what the f***, what is he doing,’ like I shouldn’t be there.
“That really hurt me. He did it three times and then I exploded and I was ready to kill him.”
Despite the incident, Henderson went on to admit that the clash was the turning point in his relationship with the Uruguayan international and admits he learned from a player regarded amongst the world’s best.
“From that point, I had a good relationship with Luis. The next game I set him up for his goal,” he continued.
“He was brilliant with me after that and I was really close to him after that and he was another big player I learned from.”