Jordan Henderson has revealed Jurgen Klopp has already tried to wind him up over England’s Euros showdown with Germany.
Liverpool boss Klopp sent a text message to Henderson as soon as Germany clinched their last 16 tie with England as the bitter rivals prepare to clash at Wembley next Tuesday.
England midfielder Henderson admitted: “Yes, he has been in touch. As soon as the final whistle went he just sent a smiley face emoji!”
Proud German Klopp will be rooting for his nation as the two footballing enemies collide again but Henderson insists that, even though England have a young squad, none of them will be fearful about the heavyweight clash.
Liverpool captain Henderson said: “We’ve got quite a young squad but I think that can be a positive thing. A lot of these lads just go out and play, enjoy the game, play with no fear. And that’s what they need to do again on Tuesday.
“Go and enjoy it, go and show everybody how good they are. Use the emotion and passion in the right way to give you energy for the game, because that can be the difference really.
“As an experienced player I can help with that and make sure we’re in the right frame of mind going into the game and make sure training’s at the left it needs to be over the next few days to prepare for that one.
“Everybody’s confident, everybody’s feeling good and we’ve got a good few days to prepare for a huge game.
“But a lot of the lads have played in huge games already: Champions League finals, Champions League games, cup finals, big games for England. They’re used to big games even though they’re young and I’m sure they’re looking forward to this one.”
England famously lost to Germany on penalties at Italia 90 and in Euro 96 but Gareth Southgate has already had the players practising ahead of a shoot-out while Henderson also says the current generation have got a new mental strength.
Henderson added: “In football or in any sport he mental strength is a huge part of it and I feel as though we’ve got a lot of players in the squad who are very mentally strong and that’s going to be important come Tuesday.
“I think we’ve shown over recent years that there’s a lot of that in our game now, how we manage games how we see games out, how we always keep going right until the very end. Overcoming the penalty shoot-out in the World Cup was a big thing I think mentally for everyone.
“We always practice penalties. The process is like you would in a game. So walk up, do your process that you would do in the game and what you would do if you had to take one and that goes round the whole team.”