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Liverpool's Jordan Henderson admits he questioned his contribution as captain during injury hell last season

Jordan Henderson admits he questioned his captaincy credentials at Liverpool after spending much of last season watching from the stands with a series of injuries.

The England international was sidelined with first a heel problem, followed by a broken metatarsal and finally a torn medial ligament as the Reds went on to finish in eight place and miss out on European football.

Henderson only managed 17 Premier League appearances and missed the Europa League final causing him to become frustrated and question his contribution as captain of the club.

“It certainly wasn’t a case of me not wanting the captaincy,” Henderson told the Daily Mail.

“I never doubted I was the right person for it but there were times last season when I was very down because I wasn’t playing and I questioned my contribution as captain because of that.

“There were a lot of things going through my head and there were times when it was hard to feel like the captain because I wasn’t contributing on the pitch.

“I’ve never felt that I couldn’t help on the pitch as I wanted to but I’m through that now. There are now doubts.”

There were question marks about whether Henderson was in Jurgen Klopp’s first-team plans after £25m summer signing Georginio Wijnaldum started ahead of him for the Wembley preseason friendly against Barcelona.

But the England midfielder looks to have been assured of his role since then and insists he and Klopp have a strong relationship.

“If you do your job, then he’s more than happy,” Henderson added. “If you do a little extra and put one in the top corner, of course, he’s even happier but he just wants you to do your job.

“We all believe in what the manager is trying to do.

“He’s very special on the training pitch and as a person, his team talks are unique, and I think all the players buy into what he wants and what he is trying to do. If everyone does that we’ll go far.”

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