Perceived knowledge says that the one factor more difficult than successful a league identify is protecting it the following season and if Liverpool want excuses there are a couple of to be discovered.
This marketing campaign has been mentally harder than maximum. The Coronavirus lockdown has impacted on everyone, together with footballers. Moreover, there shall be much less time than customary to reset and recharge. The 2020-21 Premier League season will get started in handiest seven weeks.
But captain Jordan Henderson has heard the debate, regarded as the agenda and is unfazed.
‘I am ready now,’ Henderson mentioned with out flinching when talking to Sportsmail on Friday.
Jordan Henderson has picked up one of the greatest trophies in soccer inside the ultimate 18 months, but is decided to head from power to power with Liverpool
‘The day I woke up after lifting the trophy it was about the next challenge.
‘I have listened to people who have won in the past and they say it is hard to win the Premier League trophy but even harder to retain it, so the challenge starts now.
‘It will be a huge challenge but one myself and the team are ready for.
‘I love what the gaffer said. He said that we will not defend the trophy, we will attack it.
‘That is the perfect way for our football team. That is the mentality we have shown over the past year. Improve, give everything on the football pitch and in training. Give everything.
Henderson has joined a select group of players in captaining Liverpool to the league title
‘The time off is the same for everyone. That will not be an excuse. The lads would be ready to start the new Premier League tomorrow and do everything to retain the title.’
For Henderson, a dream couple of seasons will in the end conclude when Liverpool play at Newcastle on Sunday.
A participant who arrived from Sunderland 9 years in the past as a 21-year-old simply hoping to get in to Kenny Dalglish’s workforce, Henderson has lifted the Champions League, Club World Cup and Premier League trophies within the house of 13 gilded months.
On Friday it was once published that he has been voted Player of the Year through the Football Writers’ Association and joins an eminent checklist of Liverpool gamers to have gained the award ahead of. The likes of Steven Gerrard, John Barnes, Dalglish, Emlyn Hughes and Kevin Keegan have already got their names at the trophy.
‘It’s an out of this world honour,’ he mentioned.
‘There have been great players in the past that have won it and to be part of that list is amazing really.
‘It’s very laborious to explain however on the identical time I might be incorrect to sit down right here and settle for this award only for me in my view as a result of I have a look at the workforce and what they have got completed during the last 12 months and I feel that you must pick out somebody that dressing-room who would deserve it.
‘So for me, it is about receiving this on behalf of them because without them, this isn’t imaginable.’
That is a regular Henderson tackle his profession and on existence and displays a top quality that has observed the 30-year-old at the vanguard of the Players Together initiative that was once shaped all over the wreck within the season.
This week Henderson was once awarded the celebrated Football Writers’ Player of the Year award
But the Sunderland-born famous person is fast to make sure his Liverpool team-mates additionally percentage the reward
All he asks now could be that the momentum and the rather exceptional solidarity between the 20 Premier League captains that constructed over the process the lockdown does now not stall now.
‘That was a real positive over the last few months when we’ve all been in a foul state of affairs,’ added Henderson.
‘A lot of the captains and representatives have come together to do something good for the people who needed it the most. It is something we are all very proud of, a huge thing for us.
‘Put all the rivalry aside and do something for the greater good of the country. The captains, the players, the representatives of each and every single club were unbelievable in the last few months.
‘Going forward, I think we have started something really special so, in the future, if the players can come together and do more stuff when it is needed, then I am sure we can do that.’
The problem dealing with Liverpool subsequent season shall be important. Rivals Manchester City are anticipated to recruit widely whilst every other conventional foe, Chelsea, have already accomplished so. It is not likely to be a quiet summer season for Manchester United both.
So the dimensions of the duty is obvious which makes the backstory of Liverpool’s captain totally becoming. Famously written off through former United supervisor Sir Alex Ferguson for having an odd operating taste, Henderson additionally took some time to steer Brendan Rodgers that he was once excellent sufficient. Rodgers – Jurgen Klopp’s predecessor at Anfield – virtually offered him.
Henderson has shaped a good bond with Jurgen Klopp, who has became him into workforce’s engine
‘I think at times criticism can hurt,’ he mirrored.
‘You understand criticism is part and parcel of football, but when you are a young player it is harder to deal with when you are not used to it.
‘At a big club like Liverpool the expectation level can affect you. It is about learning and dealing with it as best you can.
‘I have found ways to deal with it through experience. Now I look more for criticism as fuel to drive me forward.
‘I will never stop trying to get better. It is something I will always do until I finish playing football. That is a big part of life.
‘You are going to have setbacks and criticism but it is how you react to those situations. Use it as energy and fuel and motivation to come back stronger and improve. That is all I have ever tried to do.’
Henderson has advanced into the function of captain since Steven Gerrard hung up his boots
Rodgers, it will have to be famous, was once the Liverpool supervisor who gave Henderson the captaincy as soon as Gerrard had moved on. His development to the function after which in to the function was once one thing of a gradual burn however as development got here as a footballer so too did his talent to guide.
To captain a membership like Liverpool isn’t a small accountability. In English soccer, handiest the captaincy of United weighs as closely. Over time, Henderson has realized to regulate and recognize the burden.
‘It’s an enormous accountability,’ nodded Henderson.
‘And I knew that when I took on the role. It’s one of these massive membership however on the identical time you’ve been given it for a explanation why.
‘So for me it was about doing everything I’d accomplished as much as that time, but in addition rising and making improvements to, studying and changing into a greater participant, a greater particular person to assist my team-mates.
A mural is now being created in Liverpool to have fun the fulfillment of the workforce’s captain
‘Everything I’ve accomplished is to check out and assist them carry out to the most productive in their talent and make an atmosphere the place they really feel relaxed to precise themselves, to accomplish on the prime degree.
‘And I’ve were given the accountability as captain to proceed to try this, whether or not that’s younger gamers entering the squad or gamers that had been signed.
‘The dressing room is a massive part, and it’s now not handiest me. There’s such a lot of leaders inside the Liverpool dressing room that display that and lead that. It can be incorrect to mention it’s all all the way down to me. It’s under no circumstances.’
For Henderson a circle of relatives vacation beckons now. Time, possibly, to mirror at the maximum outstanding 12 months of his existence, for excellent causes and dangerous.
Part of him will be apologetic about now not being concerned within the conclusion of the Champions League that may play out over the primary part of August. Liverpool’s defence in their crown ended with defeat to Atletico Madrid again in March.
But he’s going to head in to his quick summer season wreck as a Premier League champion. Those with designs of stealing it away will know the bar has been set prime.