Liverpool midfielder Jordan Henderon returned back from the birth of his second child to captain the Reds in their crucial FA Cup quarter-final clash against Blackburn Rovers last night, Brendan Rodgers has revealed.
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Despite spending time with his family as his partner gave birth to a baby girl, Henderson promised Rodgers he would come back for the game at Ewood Park as the Merseyside giants chased a place in the semi-finals of this season’s competition.
The England international did start the game, showing great leadership as the club booked their place at Wembley for a tie against Aston Villa in the next round, with Rodgers full of praise for his stand-in captain for such dedication to the cause.
Speaking to the club’s official website, he said: “Jordan Henderson actually had to go back from the hotel – his partner had their second child during the night, so he had gone away, hadn’t slept so much and travelled back again and put in a performance like he did tonight, a real captain’s performance.
“Some players maybe would have missed the game, but he said to me: ‘Boss, as soon as the baby’s out I’ll be coming back!’ There was a car waiting!
“He spent time with his young partner, child and family, which is great, but he said, ‘I’ll be back’ – and he was. He had his lunch, he had a good sleep this afternoon and then played like a real captain.”
Henderson, 24, has often filled in as captain in the place of Steven Gerrard this season, and is likely to take the role full time next year.