Carragher explains how Henderson’s bust-up with Suarez saved Liverpool career

Jamie Carragher has lifted the lid on Jordan Henderson's bust-up with Luis Suarez which saved the midfielder's Liverpool career.

All three players were teammates at the club under the management of Kenny Dalglish, then Brendan Rodgers.

Dalglish had persuaded the club's hierarchy to spend £20million to sign Henderson from Sunderland, but the jury was still out on whether he was good enough to be a star at Anfield some months later.

After Gary Neville suggested on Sky Sports that Henderson looked to lack the required character at the time, Carragher conceded he did have some work to do.

"Yeah I know where you’re coming from," Carragher said. "When he initially came in – and obviously I’d seen a little bit of him for Sunderland but not too much – I just remember early on he backed out of a couple of tackles at Anfield and right away the crowd were like, 'No we’re not having that' type of thing."

Carragher explained how that side of Henderson's game has grown, and pinpointed the moment with Suarez as a turning point.

"He did an interview with me about six months ago where he spoke about the reaction or the little bit of a bust-up he had with Luis Suarez [in his first season], because he was finding it really tough to almost be accepted in some ways by certain players in the dressing room, whether he was good enough.

"He had a little bit of a bust up, not a major one, with Luis Suarez, a few words were exchanged in training, and I thought: 'Oh yeah, I like that'.

"Because Luis Suarez was our best player at the time, him and Stevie Gerrard, and Luis was getting frustrated with a pass he gave him or something, and for him to stand up as a young kid at 20 or 21 it just shows how much it meant to him.

"And also how much he’d been going through, where he was a bit like 'I don’t care anymore, I’m going to have a go at the best player in the club if he’s having a pop back at me'. And that was something evident early on."

Henderson eventually won over the likes of Suarez, and Liverpool's fanbase, but not before he was almost shipped out of the club.

"It was well documented that Brendan Rodgers tried to move him on to Fulham, he was upset by that, but he didn’t just accept it, he fought back, and that’s where this character comes from," Carragher continued.

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"And I just think if you have that character, that personality, something inside you, you get the rewards at the end.

"His reward is being the first Liverpool captain to lift the league title in 30 years and a Champions League winner."

He added: "When he first arrived at the club, no-one would have believed that, but never underestimate people with that sort of personality and character and resolve to change people’s opinions of them."

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