Jordan Henderson: ‘This has been the hardest season of my career’

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Liverpool captain Jordan Henderson has admitted that this season has been the hardest of his career so far, but hopes to finish it on a high with England at Euro 2016.

The 25-year-old has had two lengthy injury layoffs, the second of which prevented him from featuring in the Europa League final, and thus only managed 15 Premier League starts.

The first half of his season was disrupted by an ongoing heel injury, and Henderson then suffered knee ligament damage in the away leg of our quarter-final with Borussia Dortmund in April.

He made his return as a second-half substitute in our Premier League finale with West Bromwich Albion, and got another 25 minutes under his belt in England’s friendly win over Turkey yesterday.

Henderson is determined to come back stronger from his season of setbacks, to play a big part in a Reds side which he feels have progressed “very well” this season under Jurgen Klopp.

But before that he wants to help England make an impact at the Euros.

“The team at Liverpool this season have progressed very well this season,” Henderson told the Echo. “But for me personally, it’s been the hardest season of my career so far.

“But you have to go through them at times. You’re going to have injuries. Before that, I was quite lucky in that I didn’t really have any bad ones, and this season they’ve all come at once.

“But hopefully I’ll be stronger for it. I’ve come through it, and hopefully I can stay injury free and get back to my best.

“It’s been a difficult season, but hopefully – touch wood – I can concentrate on playing football now, stay injury free and just get back to playing the way I know I can. I want to help the team do well in the tournament.”

Henderson is one of five Liverpool players in Roy Hodgson’s provisional 26-man squad for the Euros, alongside Nathaniel Clyne, James Milner, Adam Lallana and Daniel Sturridge.

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