Steven Gerrard has heaped praise on Jordan Henderson, admitting not so long ago the Liverpool skipper was unsure over his future at the club.
The Reds have won 25 of their 26 league ties this term, leaving them just weeks away from their top flight title since 1990.
Gerrard was famously inches away from ending Liverpool's wait for a Premier League title back in 2014.
And the Rangers boss admits Henderson could have easily missed out on the chance to lead the Reds to glory too.
“I appreciated Jordan's power and fitness by training with him," he said.
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"Some players play for themselves, Jordan does the dirty running, grappling for second balls, 12 or 13km Saturday and Wednesday, again and again.
“Teams can't function at Liverpool's level without a cog like Jordan Henderson.
"He's obviously going be a Premier League winner. I look at him and think: good for you.
“He has that confidence now. He has lifted the European Cup above his head.
"I don't deserve one iota of credit, he has done it all himself, but I remember a chat with Jordan in LA a while ago and he wasn't sure whether he was coming or going at the club.
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“I remember saying to him don't give up on Liverpool, you'll be fine.
"I knew what he had inside and that he would get there. You know with certain people.”
Henderson has been in fine form of late, adding goals and assists to his game since the turn of the year.
But the midfielder picked up a hamstring injury during the defeat to Atletico Madrid in midweek.
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“Hendo, it could have been worse. How we all know, it was a hamstring,” Jurgen Klopp said this week.
“We heard of different hamstring injuries now around in the Premier League – Harry Kane, for example. It’s not that bad.
“But he will be out, I think, for three weeks or so, which is not cool. But how we see it, we were still lucky. That’s it.”
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