Images of Jordan Henderson’s father celebrating Liverpool’s Champions League semi-final success against Roma have typified the skipper’s remarkable journey.
A proud Brian Henderson’s sheer elation was captured on camera after the Reds held off Roma to book a place in the final against Real Madrid in Kiev at the end of the month.
His reaction has evoked a timely reflection among fans of Henderson’s devotion and resilience across a by no means straight-forward seven years on Merseyside.
The touching sentiment was matched by Henderson’s eruption on the blow of the final whistle in the Stadio Olimpico in outright demonstration of his love for the club and perhaps unrivalled passion.
It hasn’t been an easy Anfield career for Henderson, with the task of taking over from club legend Steven Gerrard as captain subsequently dividing fans over his value in the role.
To this day, there remains to be those that doubt his importance under Jurgen Klopp and that still struggle to appreciate his contributions.
Henderson even saw his future at the club under threat when he was linked with a move away in 2016, evidencing the extent of his rise to prominence since then.
Real Madrid may boast a superior squad in terms of honours and accolades, but between Henderson’s back and forth recognition, Andrew Robertson’s rise from 2012 unemployment, Mohamed Salah’s resurgence following his spell at Chelsea, Liverpool threaten a fearsome motivation.