Liverpool captain Jordan Henderson ‘was ready to kill’ Luis Suarez after training bust-up
Jordan Henderson has admitted he was once “ready to kill” former team-mate Luis Suarez after a training ground bust-up.
Liverpool signed Henderson from Sunderland for £20million in June 2011, five months after Suarez joined the club.
Henderson had many doubters in his early days at Anfield as he tried to establish himself in a dressing room containing the likes of Steven Gerrard and Jamie Carragher.
And it was on the latter’s new podcast, The Greatest Game, which Henderson recounted the time he lambasted Suarez after growing continually frustrated at the talismanic striker.
Reminded of the incident by Carragher, Henderson said: “Yeah, I can remember that. A funny moment.
“At the time I’m trying to do the best I can do and what comes with football is criticism, people doubting you all the time.
“At the time I was a young player and there were one or two things Luis done in training which I didn’t like.
“It made me feel like I wasn’t good enough to be in the same team and training.
“The arms were up and it was like ‘what’s he doing?’ as if I shouldn’t be there. And that really hurt me. That really frustrated me.
“He did it one, two, three times and then I exploded. I was ready to kill him.”
Henderson and Suarez resolved their differences thereafter and went on to become key cogs in Brendan Rodgers’ side which almost won the 2013/14 Premier League title.
“From that point I actually had a really good relationship with Luis after that,” Henderson added.
“I can remember the game after that I played and I set him up away to Stoke.
“He said before the game to Lucas [Leiva] that I was going to set him up because of what happened during the week.
“From that point Luis was brilliant with us. And I was really close to him towards the end; I’m still in contact now with him.
“He was another big player who I could learn from.”