Liverpool’s Henderson reveals Keane influence with brilliant story

Liverpool captain Jordan Henderson has revealed how Roy Keane had a positive effect on his fledgling career.

The former Manchester United and Republic of Ireland international gave Henderson his first chance in the Premier League when he came off the bench in Sunderland’s 5-0 loss to Chelsea in November 2008.

Keane guided the Black Cats to promotion from the Championship in his first season before helping the club survive relegation in the Premier League the next campaign.

And Henderson, who won the Champions League with Liverpool last term, has lifted the lid on one of his first encounters with Keane after a pre-season loss to non-league side Gateshead.

“It was a reserve game. We played Gateshead away and it was a pre-season thing,” Henderson recalled on  Jamie Carragher’s new ‘Greatest Game’ podcast (via the ChronicleLive).

“We were shocking, we got beat and Roy wasn’t at the game. His coaching staff were there and he heard what had happened.

“He got us back straight from the game to the Academy and we were all in the lounge area. We were all dotted about and he walked in and I was a young lad and I was sweating.

“He started: ‘This is your f*****g problem. Get together’.

“So we all started shuffling together like a huddle and obviously he has some words to say and he is not happy. As we go off, some of the senior players, I remember David Meyler, one of my good mates, he had just signed for I can’t remember how much it was.

“He had a pop at him and he had a pop at a couple of others and then he pointed at me and went: ‘Do you think you are good enough to play for the first team?’

“Well after this rant I am thinking ‘f*****g hell.’ There is buckets I am sweating, all sorts coming off me.

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“I was a young lad and I looked up to Roy a lot as a player and as a manager and to be fair I went, ‘yeah, I do’.

“And I think he was bit like ‘oh right, OK’. He was having that because he had heard that in the game I had still worked hard, I had still wanted it and he said ‘good answer’ and moved on.

“I remember when he walked out everyone was like ‘f*****g hell’ and sweating, it was the Roy Keane effect.

“After that game I got a phone call saying I was in the first-team squad for a pre-season game at the Stadium of Light and that was where it all started.

“Obviously I was delighted, he was delighted with my reaction and it went from there.”


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