Belfast Telegraph

New Anfield captain Henderson still haunted by pummelling at Potters

By Andy Hampson

Liverpool captain Jordan Henderson admits he is still tormented by memories of their 6-1 capitulation against Stoke at the end of last season.

Brendan Rodgers' side were routed by the Potters, finding themselves 5-0 down at half-time as the curtain went down on the 2014-15 campaign and talisman Steven Gerrard's Reds career.

The two clubs meet again at the same venue when the Barclays Premier League kicks off again next month and Henderson concedes that result is still etched in his mind today.

"It will be a day that many of us will never forget," he said.

"The way we played, the result, the goals we conceded, everything, it went from bad to worse. It was a sickening feeling, really. It was embarrassing to go there as a Liverpool player and get beaten like that."

It was hardly the finale that Henderson and his team-mates had planned for Gerrard as the 35-year-old bade farewell to the only club he had ever played for.

Hours after the Britannia Stadium drubbing the Liverpool players were on a flight to Dubai in a trip planned as a send-off for their long-serving midfielder.

"A lot of us didn't want to go to be honest," added Henderson, who has assumed the captaincy.

"If it was just a holiday, we wouldn't have gone."

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