Six times Liverpool’s Jordan Henderson showed his class off the pitch
Jordan Henderson has developed into a key player for Liverpool over the last few years – and he is also a class act off the pitch.
The Liverpool captain has only just begun to be truly appreciated as a player, but he has always been one of the nicest guys in football.
We’ve taken a look back at six times where Henderson made a wonderful and selfless gesture.
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Liverpool fan Andy Grant served in the the Royal Marines, but he was blown up during a routine foot patrol in Afghanistan in 2009.
Grant went on to become the world’s fastest single-leg amputee and gave a motivational speech to the England team ahead of the 2018 World Cup.
A year later, Henderson went out of his way to secure a Champions League final ticket for Grant and his daughter.
Here is a story that not a lot of people know… pic.twitter.com/239faiHh3L
— Andy Grant (@AndyGbootneck) June 3, 2019
In December 2018, Henderson threw a Christmas party at Anfield for underprivileged and disabled kids in the local area.
The midfielder paid for the whole event including food and drinks and even brought team-mate Adam Lallana along with him to meet everyone.
To top it all off, Henderson gave the kids some Christmas presents including iPads. What a guy.
Jordan Henderson 👏🏻 pic.twitter.com/qNijKFQFwG
— The Anfield Talk (@TheAnfieldTalk) December 25, 2018
As the coronavirus pandemic continues to affect the whole country, footballers found themselves in the crossfire and were accused of not playing their part.
However, the Liverpool captain pledged his support to a foodbank scheme in Liverpool that relies heavily on collections outside Anfield on matchdays.
Henderson also contacted his fellow Premier League captains to organise a coronavirus fund that will raise millions of pounds for the National Health Service.
“Henderson called each of us captains individually last week to explain his donation plan and everyone quickly got on board,” Bournemouth captain Simon Francis said.
“He led our Zoom conference calls, has been active on the group chat and got his point across superbly. It has given those of us who have not played alongside him a great insight into his leadership skills.”
— Jordan Henderson (@JHenderson) April 8, 2020
During Liverpool’s pre-season tour of Hong Kong in 2017, one passionate fan waited at the team hotel every day with the hope of meeting Henderson.
After missing him on four separate occasions, it looked like Nicklaus Chu was never going to meet the midfielder.
However, Henderson then sent him a private message and set up a private meet-and-greet before giving him a signed Liverpool shirt.
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The Story of a Great Captain and Great Player I am a Liverpool fan from Hong Kong, and a super @jhenderson fan. I love his passion, his hardwork, and he is the one who inspire me to never give up. In the first three days of #lfctour2017hk, everyday i have been waiting to see our great captain. I missed every possible chance to meet him face to face. When he was signing in hotel, i was in the airport, when he was taking selfie with fans in training ground, i was waiting in hotel, when someone saw him buying coffee in starbucks, i was waiting in the training ground, one by one my friends sent me photo of selfie and autograph with Hendo, and im the only one missing every chance. The 4th day, i know that there will be an event of Jordan at around 1pm, I arrived at 12pm and started waiting, the event posepone and 6 hour i stood under ☀️ and ☔️, he finally show up and i saw him walk right pass me. I told myself “no problem, when he come out, i will be here and he must see me”…And once again he walk right pass me…At that moment frustrating was the only word in my head, maybe I was not meant to meet him. Minutes later Jordan sent me a message from IG, told me he is sorry and ask me to meet him at the hotel. He is the Captain of Liverpool, one of the greatest football club in the world, and he said sorry to a fan for what happened that was not his fault! While waiting at the hotel, once again i heard my friend told me he show up in starbucks again, signing autographs for fans, when i arrive with the giant cardboard of him, he saw me and signal me to go back to the hotel. Outside the hotel, the security try to ask me to leave (like they always do), i move myself to a further spot, suddenly someone tap my shoulder again and at that moment the only thing i wanna do is to curse the security if he want to tell me to leave again, and when I look back, Jordan was right there behind the hotel door…… A simple and warm act of our Captain, become a big dream come true for me, he can totally ignore me, but he didn’t. That is our great Liverpool Captain. He is not only our player, he is our family❤ #ynwa #lfc #jordanhenderson #badenglish
Liverpool fan Sean Cox was hospitalised with serious head injuries after a brutal assault by some Roma fans on his way to a Champions League game at Anfield in 2018.
After the second leg in Italy, Henderson led the first team squad over to the away fans and picked up a chequered banner in the crowd dedicated to the Irish dad-of-three.
The Liverpool captain also sent a moving letter to Cox’s local club, St Peters Dunboyne GAA, expressing his solidarity with them at that difficult time.
Cox returned to Anfield for the first time since the incident in November 2019 and Henderson embraced him in the tunnel after the game.
Jordan Henderson's embrace of Sean Cox there. Jesus ❤pic.twitter.com/fFYkhAYsV7
— SportsJOE (@SportsJOEdotie) November 12, 2019
Henderson donated £2,500 to a GoFundMe page set up for a teenager who died after being stabbed in his hometown of Sunderland in 2019.
The fundraising page was set up to help the family pay for his funeral and they were hoping to raise £8000.
After Henderson made his donation and promoted the campaign on his social media accounts, the total reached over £14,000.