Crying Adam Lallana pays tribute to 'selfless' Jordan Henderson

Crying Adam Lallana pays tribute to ‘selfless’ Jordan Henderson and reveals responsibility captain takes over ‘bad moments’ at Liverpool… as Jurgen Klopp and squad present midfielder with framed memento ahead of his Anfield departure

  • Adam Lallana’s six-year stay at Liverpool will come to and end this weekend
  • The midfielder bid an emotional farewell to team-mates and staff on Friday
  • Lallana reserved special mention for his ‘best friend’ Jordan Henderson
  • The 32-year-old is expected to be handed farewell outing against Newcastle 

Adam Lallana burst into tears as he paid tribute to Liverpool captain Jordan Henderson during an emotional farewell on Friday.

The midfielder’s six-year stay at Anfield will come to an end on Sunday when his contract expires following the final game of the season against Newcastle.

Lallana was presented with a framed memento by Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp during Friday’s training session, which featured pictures of his finest moments in a Reds shirt.

Adam Lallana burst out crying as he paid an emotional tribute to Jordan Henderson on Friday

Lallana said the pair had developed a close friendship during his six years at Anfield

The 32-year-old says Henderson deserves success for his leadership and accountability

The 32-year-old, who moved to Liverpool from Southampton in 2014, was asked about his close friendship with Henderson during an interview with the club’s TV channel as they looked back at his Reds career.

Lallana became emotional as soon as the interviewer mentioned Henderson’s name but composed himself before delivering a touching tale about their time together.

‘Having been with Jordan throughout the whole journey,’ he said to LFC TV. ‘I’ve been lucky enough to be alongside him when he’s had his down moments. Having been alongside him in his dark moments, a couple of injuries, him being alongside me in my dark moments, injuries… it’s not just defeats, it’s injuries as well.

Lallana and Henderson have both endured setbacks and success during Liverpool careers

Despite problems with injury and form both have gone on to lift major honours for the Reds

ADAM LALLANA’S LIVERPOOL CAREER

Games: 178

Goals: 22

Assists: 22

‘That will be a constant battle for Premier League athletes throughout footballing careers. You’re just looking for answers, try harder, do this, do that, there’s nothing that will guarantee you fitness. You’ve just got to keep working.’

Lallana and Henderson have both suffered setbacks with injuries and form throughout their time at Anfield, with the Reds’ captain coming close to leaving the club back in 2012 after a difficult start to life at the club.

But he has since gone on to captain the Reds to Champions League and Premier League success and Lallana hailed Henderson’s leadership qualities and willingness to take responsibility during troubled times.

He added: ‘There was one morning in, we used to drive in a lot, there was one defeat, we lost to Sevilla – or it was 3-3 away, it felt like a defeat. He said to me, ‘I’ll pick you up tomorrow’. He had his hood up, just hearing him say, as captain, ‘That can’t happen, I have to be responsible for that’. To hear how honest he was but thinking, like, “are you crazy to be taking that responsibility? It’s the team’s responsibility”. 

Adam Lallana broke down in tears again as he went through his final Liverpool training session

Lallana was presented with a framed memento from Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp

Klopp put his arm around Lallana and is likely to hand him a farewell appearance on Sunday

‘But that just epitomises his selflessness and how much responsibility he takes for this football club in the bad moments. That’s why he deserves this more than anyone else. He deserves to be the captain of Liverpool, holding the four trophies in one season, more than anyone. No one can take that away from him ever. As his team-mate, not only his friend, nothing makes me happier really.’ 

Lallana is expected to be handed a farewell appearance for Liverpool’s final game on Sunday having made just 16 outings in the Premier League this season after struggling to break into the starting XI. 

The England international will then make a decision over his future, with a host of top-flight clubs reportedly battling it out to sign him on a free transfer. 

Leicester City have reportedly offered Lallana a three-year deal, while Arsenal, Tottenham and Burnley have also been credited with an interest.




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