Jordan Henderson: Liverpool captain discusses his 2020 in Sky Sports Christmas Special


Liverpool captain Jordan Henderson joins Sky Sports’ Jamie Redknapp to discuss his 2020 “slide”, lift the Premier League title and his hopes of a “brighter” 2021 in an exclusive Christmas interview.

Henderson participated in 2020 as a Champions League winner and finishes it as a Premier League champion. It has been a year like no other in terms of sporting performance for the English international. But the coronavirus pandemic has ensured that it was not so straightforward for the 30-year-old.

Speaking to former Liverpool midfielder Redknapp, the Liverpool captain talks about:

  • Lift Liverpool’s first league title since 1990 without fans
  • How the pandemic has put things in perspective for him
  • The challenge of retaining the title for Liverpool

Sunday 27 December 16:15

Start 16:30

How has this year been for you?

It’s been a roller coaster ride to be honest. On one side of it, I have achieved a dream that I have dreamed about all my life. But under the circumstances, of course, it was different, and everything that was going on in the outside world, people suffered a lot, I understood that there are more important things than football. It has been a roller coaster ride, but I still feel like a lot of positive things have come out of it. I think we have learned a lot as human beings during this period, and hopefully 2021 is a little more positive and we can start to get things back to a certain normality.

How was it when you finally got hold of that trophy?

LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - JULY 22: Jordan Henderson of Liverpool lifts the Premier League trophy following the Premier League match between Liverpool FC and Chelsea FC at Anfield on July 22, 2020 in Liverpool, England.
Liverpool captain Jordan Henderson lifts the Premier League trophy

It was a wonderful feeling. Of course, I think no fans were a big disappointment for us and for them. But at the end of the day, it was still an incredible feeling to grab the trophy and lift the trophy that we had all wanted for so long, was a really special feeling, and one that will really live with us forever .

How were the hotel parties when you found out you were PL champion?

It was a lovely evening. It was great just to be together after being in lockdown for so long and it was great just to be together and have some food and watch Chelsea get the result against Manchester City. Luckily that night it was supposed to be that we won the league. It ended up being a very good night – I’m sure you saw some of the videos – but it was a really special moment that we will remember again forever.


Liverpool players celebrated together at a hotel as they claimed the clubs first Premier League title ever

Have your achievements exceeded your childhood dreams?

Yes, of course, as a kid I had dreamed of playing in the Premier League, Champions League and for England. So being able to do that is an honor anyway, and it’s special for me to do what I do every day because I love it. But to achieve what we have the last few years – to win the Champions League, Premier League, Super Cup and World Club Cup – it has really been incredible. The journey has been good so far, I guess there have been many ups and downs, but I have enjoyed every minute of it and hopefully there is much more to come in the future. I look forward to what we can achieve in the future.

How much have you missed the fans?

Fans return to Liverpool
Liverpool have seen fans return to Anfield after almost nine months away

To be honest, even having a few thousand in at the moment makes a big difference. Just seeing them when we first came out against the Wolves was a really nice moment, so I can not even imagine what it will be like when it’s full. We all look forward to it, we know how big a role fans play and I think this pandemic has shown how important fans are in the whole sport. Fingers crossed it could be a little brighter in 2021 and we can get all the fans back and I think that will really make a big difference for everyone involved in football. We are all really looking forward to it.

How hard will the title be to keep for Liverpool?

Very difficult. I knew that would be the case. When you win a trophy, it’s even harder to keep it, and I think it’s going to be very difficult, but we knew that at the start of the season. There are other teams that are improving, playing well and will challenge right up until the end of the season, I’m sure. It’s obviously a bit unique this season with what’s going on with the pandemic. It’s different circumstances, but at the end of the day it’s about focusing on what we can control, and it trains as hard as possible, focusing on what we want to achieve and when we play gives too much the three points – and that’s what we try and do every game, no matter what the competition. It has put us well over the last few years, so we just have to keep it up and see where we are at the end of the season.

Any New Year’s resolutions for 2021?

Nothing I’ve thought of so far. I think 2020 has put many things in perspective, not just for me, but for anyone who has suffered during the year. I think family and health are the most important, so going forward just appreciate everything you have even more, really.

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