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Jordan Henderson opens up on 2014 Liverpool regret that still haunts him

Liverpool came close to winning the Premier League title in 2014 but narrowly missed out and Jordan Henderson’s absence in the final few games still plays on his mind

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Jordan Henderson admits being absent for Liverpool’s failed title run-in during the 2013/14 season still plays on his mind.

The Reds were looking to end a lengthy wait for a league title, which at that point stood at 24 years.

Brendan Rodgers’ side were powered by a strike force that included Luis Suarez, Daniel Strurridge and Raheem Sterling.

A 3-2 win over Manchester City at Anfield in April saw Liverpool take control of the title race, but Henderson was sent-off in injury time.

The midfielder was shown a straight red for a tackle on Samir Nasri and missed three of the final four games.



Jordan Henderson was sent-off in Liverpool’s win over Man City




Liverpool’s title hopes crumble in those three games with a defeat against Chelsea and the infamous 3-3 draw at Crystal Palace.

Henderson had been a regular in midfield and his absence left him questioning whether things could’ve been different.

He told the Daily Mail : “We got so close [to winning the title]. I look back at my red card against Man City, being banned for three matches and the Crystal Palace game we drew 3-3 and things that didn’t go our way.

“Do I think of what might have been? I did until we won the title. Well, to be honest, I still do now. We deserved to win it.”









Henderson returned for the final day win over Newcastle, but the Reds missed out on the title by two points as City were crowned champions.

Fortunately for the former Sunderland man, Liverpool have since rectified their near miss.

They again went close in 2019 with City once more pipping them, this time by a solitary point.

But 12 months after that the Reds eased to the title with Henderson leading the side as captain.



The Reds let a three-goal lead slip at Crystal Palace
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In a Covid hit season Liverpool’s title party was delayed, even though their lead by Christmas had many already crowning them as champions.

They eventually hoisted the trophy aloft in an empty Anfield, but that took nothing away from the success.

Henderson added: “The fans deserved to be there for everything we had gone through. But, at the same time, I’m just very grateful that we got the chance to win it and lift it.

“The empty stadium didn’t take away from the sense of achievement. We have had a spell where the consistency was just off the charts and it took a global pandemic to slow us down.”




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