Jordan Henderson Profile
|Born||Jun 17, 1990|
Jordan Henderson is the midfield driving force of Liverpool, who he has captained to a Premier League title and a Champions League success.
Jordan Henderson is a Premier League footballer who currently plays for and captains Liverpool.
As the Reds' skipper, he led them to the 2018/19 UEFA Champions League title and the 2019/20 Premier League.
Henderson started out at boyhood club Sunderland, coming through their youth academy and playing for the Black Cats in the Premier League.
During 2008/09, the season in which he made his Premier League debut, Henderson spent time on loan at Coventry City in the Championship. In 2011, he signed for Liverpool for a reported fee of Â£20million.
Henderson's Liverpool career got off to a difficult start, but he soon won the trust of the Kop faithful and became captain after Steven Gerrard left the club in 2015 -- a position which he still holds to date.
Jordan Henderson and Sunderland
After a decade in their youth system, Henderson signed a professional contract with hometown club Sunderland on 1 July 2008 and made his debut in the league as a half-time substitute in a 5-0 away defeat to Chelsea. A highly impressive loan spell at Coventry City would follow in 2009.
Though initially breaking through under Roy Keane, it was Steve Bruce who benefited most from Henderson's talents at the Black Cats. Henderson made a big impression in the preseason Amsterdam tournament
Henderson took that momentum into Sunderland's first team during their 2009/10 campaign, making 33 Premier League appearances - most of them on the right side of midfield. The following campaign was when he moved into the centre of midfield, and another impressive season saw him starting to attract the eyes of England's top clubs.
According to Sir Alex Ferguson, he had kept an eye on Henderson, but opted not to sign him for Manchester United because of issues with his running style which could lead to injuries.
On 9 June 2011, Henderson joined Liverpool for a reported £20million.
Jordan Henderson and Liverpool
Henderson's transfer fee at Liverpool was the subject of derision. When Chelsea attempted to sign Luka Modric from Tottenham Hotspur for £22million, Spurs manager Harry Redknapp said: "If there has been a bid of £22m that is ridiculous. There are people being sold for £20m who are not fit to lace Luka's boots." It was widely interpreted as a reference to Henderson.
Under Kenny Dalglish, Henderson struggled in the 2011/12 season, which saw Liverpool win the Capital One Cup but finish eighth in the Premier League and lose the final of the FA Cup to Chelsea.
In August 2012, new Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers attempted to move Henderson on to Fulham, but he opted to stay and fight for his place -- a decision which ultimately paid dividends.
The 2012/13 season was another difficult one for Liverpool, who finished seventh in the Premier League after a disastrous start under Rodgers.
However, the 2013/14 season was hugely impressive and Henderson played a central role. Liverpool finished second in the Premier League, only narrowly losing the title to Manchester City.
Following the sale of Luis Suarez to Barcelona, Liverpool struggled to keep pace in 2014/15 and finished sixth in the league. After the end of the season, midfield legend Steven Gerrard left for LA Galaxy, and Henderson was named the new Liverpool captain.
Henderson by now was a key figure in the Liverpool side, and he helped create the momentum that eventually saw him do something for the club that Gerrard never could - lift the Premier League title.
Early in the 2015/16 campaign, Rodgers was sacked and replaced by Jurgen Klopp. Though the German could not steer them away from an unimpressive eighth-place finish in the Premier League, he did take them to the UEFA Europa League final, where they lost 3-1 to Sevilla.
In 2016/17, Liverpool spent much of the first half of the season looking like they would at the very least take the title race to the wire. However, they fell off the pace of eventual champions Chelsea as the season progressed, ultimately finishing fourth and narrowly qualifying for the UEFA Champions League.
In 2017/18, they once again finished fourth in the Premier League, but surprised most with a run to the UEFA Champions League final in Kiev, where they lost 3-1 to Real Madrid.
The 2018/19 season saw the culmination of all that momentum, with Henderson captaining Liverpool to the Champions League title. Remarkably, they overturned a 3-0 first leg deficit against Barcelona to win the semi-final before beating Tottenham Hotspur 2-0 in the final.
However, the Reds narrowly missed out on the Premier League title, losing to Manchester City on the last day of the season.
In 2019/20, Liverpool went one better and Henderson collected the Premier League title. However, the Reds were unable to share the moment with their fans due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Jordan Henderson and England national team
Henderson played for England at Under-19 and Under-21 level before earning a promotion to the senior squad.
In 2010 while playing for boyhood club Sunderland, he received his first senior call-up under Fabio Capello for a friendly against France, making his international debut alongside Steven Gerrard in that match.
Henderson was initially named as a standby player for UEFA Euro 2012, but was promoted to the squad to replace the injured Frank Lampard and played a role in England's run to the quarter-finals under Roy Hodgson.
He was also part of England's squad for the 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil, which ended in a calamitous group stage exit for the Three Lions.
Henderson was again in the squad for Euro 2016, where England suffered another embarrassing exit, losing to Iceland in the last 16. Henderson was spared those blushes though, as he was an unused substitute in that match.
In 2018, Henderson was a pivotal part of the England side which made the semi-finals of the FIFA World Cup in Russia, as well as the team which finished third at the inaugural UEFA Nations League in 2018/19.
Jordan Henderson personal life
Henderson and wife Rebecca Burnett have three children. His father survived oral cancer early in his stint at Liverpool and later attended the 2019 Champions League final in Madrid.
The former Sunderland man was the instigator of a fund organised by Premier League captains to donate millions of pounds to the NHS during COVID-19.
He earned praise for his allyship for his words to LGBT fan Keith Spooner on Twitter. Spooner Tweeted: "At 17 I came out, I struggled through my teenage years but the one thing that always made me feel at home was Liverpool. Seeing this means the world to me, it truly does!"
Henderson quoted the tweet and said: "You'll never walk alone Keith. If wearing the #RainbowLaces armband helps even just one person then it's progress. Everyone is welcome at Liverpool Football Club. Hope you enjoyed the game tonight. #YNWA"
Jordan Henderson net worth
According to Spotrac, Henderson earns an annual salary of £7,280,000 -- essentially £140,000 per week.