Henderson tips Rodgers to bring glory to Anfield
Jordan Henderson has said that Liverpool's last-day 6-1 Premier League defeat to Stoke City was "horrendous" but the midfielder has backed Brendan Rodgers to rebuild the team this summer and win a trophy next season.
The 24-year-old is Rodgers' captain-in-waiting after the departure of Steven Gerrard and, speaking ahead of England's friendly against the Republic of Ireland at the Aviva Stadium tomorrow, Henderson said the manager had the backing of his players.
"Of course I wanted Brendan to stay," he said. "I have always spoken very highly of him ever since he came to the club and he has been good to me and fantastic for Liverpool."
"This season is a big one for everyone involved. We all know that. We want to be finishing as high in the league as we possibly can but also winning trophies.
"We have a great group of lads, there is great potential but it is time now we started showing that potential in the Premier League and in cup competitions. Getting to semi-finals is great but we need to be getting to finals and winning them."
Henderson was on the squad trip to Dubai at the end of the season, a gesture from the players to say farewell to Gerrard, which he said became a worthwhile team-bonding exercise after the deflation at the end of the season.
"We were gutted with the last game of the season, devastated with how it had gone and to be honest no one really wanted to go but it was Stevie leaving and we wanted to say thank you and bye to him," said Henderson.
It came after a dreadful defeat to Stoke which the former Sunderland ace said was one of his worst experiences in football.
"It was awful. I can't really explain the feeling. It was horrendous. Everything that could go wrong did go wrong, but we have got to move on and forget about that and start afresh."
Henderson said the signing of James Milner would lend experience to the team in the absence of Gerrard and said he hoped his team-mate and friend Raheem Sterling would stay too.
The fall-out from Liverpool's end-of-season review is already being felt with assistant manager Colin Pascoe set to leave the club.
The departure of the Welshman, who had 12 months remaining on his contract, is a direct result of the outcome of talks between Reds boss Brendan Rodgers, chairman Tom Werner and Fenway Sports Group president Mike Gordon.
The overhaul of backroom staff had already begun with first-team coach Mike Marsh's contract not being renewed.