Gerrard on Henderson chat in LA when Liverpool captain had uncertain future

Steven Gerrard told Jordan Henderson not to give up at Liverpool when the midfielder was left uncertain over his future at the club.

The Reds captain, who led the club to Champions League glory last year, is close to helping Liverpool clinch their first ever Premier League title.

Henderson went straight into the first team under Kenny Dalglish but his place came under threat when Brendan Rodgers arrived.

The new Liverpool boss signed Joe Allen and nearly sold the midfielder to Fulham in a swap deal for Clint Dempsey. Henderson declined.

Henderson fought for his place and hasn't looked back since.

Former captain Gerrard has disclosed the details of a conversation he had with Henderson and told how he convinced the 28-year-old to stick with the Reds.

"I appreciated Jordan's power and fitness by training with him," he told the Mail on Sunday.

"Some players play for themselves, Jordan does the dirty running, grappling for second balls, 12 or 13km Saturday and Wednesday, again and again.

"Teams can't function at Liverpool's level without a cog like Jordan Henderson.

"He's obviously going be a Premier League winner. I look at him and think: good for you.

"He has that confidence now. He has lifted the European Cup above his head.

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