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On This Day in 2011 – Jordan Henderson joins Liverpool from Sunderland

Jordan Henderson signed for Liverpool on this day in 2011 (Dave Thompson/PA)
Jordan Henderson signed for Liverpool on this day in 2011 (Dave Thompson/PA)

Liverpool signed Jordan Henderson from Sunderland on this day in 2011.

The deal for the 20-year-old England midfielder was reported to be worth £16million.

“Obviously it’s hard to leave your local club. I’m a Sunderland lad, I’ve supported them all my life,” Henderson said.

Liverpool v Manchester City – FA Community Shield – King Power Stadium
Jordan Henderson made nearly 500 appearances for Liverpool after joining from Sunderland 13 years ago (Joe Giddens/PA)

“But this is a massive opportunity for me. I’m really excited by it.

“Coming to a massive club like Liverpool, there is always going to be competition.

“Hopefully I can keep working hard, keep improving, and get my chance on the pitch.”

Henderson picked up a winner’s medal in his first season at Anfield as Liverpool beat Cardiff in a Wembley penalty shoot-out to win the 2012 League Cup.

He became Liverpool’s vice-captain in September 2014 and was appointed skipper the following July after Steven Gerrard’s departure.

Liverpool Depart for the UK
Henderson pictured with the Champions League trophy after the club won the competition in 2019 (Martin Rickett/PA)

Henderson went on to lift seven trophies as Liverpool captain under Jurgen Klopp – the Premier League, Champions League, FA Cup, Carabao Cup, FIFA Club World Cup, UEFA Super Cup and Community Shield.

He was named the 2019-20 Football Writers’ Association’s Footballer of the Year as Liverpool ended a 30-year wait to become champions of England.

The 81-cap Henderson played 492 games for Liverpool, with only Jamie Carragher and Gerrard making more Premier League appearances for the club, before leaving to controversially join Al-Ettifaq in Saudi Arabia last summer, only to leave after six months to sign for Ajax.