Jordan Henderson: Liverpool captain says Jurgen Klopp’s popularity has dampened England-Germany rivalry

Jordan Henderson: Liverpool captain says Jurgen Klopp’s popularity has dampened England-Germany rivalry

Jordan Henderson said the popularity of Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp dampened the rivalry between England and Germany ahead of Tuesday’s Wembley clash.

The Liverpool captain has developed a close relationship with the German coach since arriving at Anfield in 2015, and claims Klopp’s endearing personality has earned him many admirers in England.

“Yes, the Liverpool blunderer has been very influential,” said Henderson.

“The charisma he has, a lot of people love him even if you are a neutral fan. He played a big role [to play] in English football in the Premier League. “


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Henderson also revealed that Klopp texted him at the end of the Euro 2020 group stage on Wednesday night, when it became clear England would face Germany in the round of 16.

“From the final whistle, he just sent me a smiley emoji!” ” he said.

Henderson won his 60th England selection when he entered halftime against the Czech Republic on Tuesday, and at the age of 31 he knows he has an important role to play in helping young England to prepare for the enormity of a game against Germany in a big tournament.

Jordan Henderson was a second-half substitute in Tuesday’s 1-0 win over the Czech Republic

“We have a fairly young team,” he admitted. “And that can be a positive thing. A lot of them go out and enjoy the game, play without fear, and that’s what they have to do again on Tuesday.

“Go enjoy it, go show everyone how good you are, but use the passion and emotion in the right way to energize yourself for the game, because it can make a difference.

“As an experienced player I can help with that, and make sure we’re in the right frame of mind for the game, making sure the training is at the right level over the next few days.

“But everyone is confident, feeling good, and we have a few days to prepare for a huge game. A lot of guys have played in big games before – Champions League finals, cup finals, big games for England – used to these, even though they are young, and I’m sure they are waiting. this one looking forward to Tuesday. “

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England have the third youngest team in the tournament, behind Spain and Turkey.

In contrast, World Cup winners Thomas Muller and Mats Hummels have both been called up to Germany’s Euro squad, although they haven’t played for their country in more than two years. The Germans have 12 players aged 28 or over.

However, Henderson refuted any suggestion that their opponents exceeded their best.

“We always give them a lot of respect. It’s still a great team with the best players so it will be a tough game for us, ”he said.

Henderson also believes the England squad are mentally stronger than groups he has been involved with in the past.

“I wouldn’t want to compare us to other teams. But the mindset has changed with us over the years, because of what we’ve been through together as a team.

“And we have to use that on Tuesday and in the future in the years to come. It’s a big part of the game.

“With the ball it’s extremely important to keep it, especially against Germany who have really talented players who can dominate the games. “

Henderson has hinted that England will not change their cautious approach when it comes to deciding game tactics.

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“You have to be solid without the ball, strong defensively, so we have to keep doing that because they have players like Kroos – a world class player who can hurt you over time and space,” he said. .

“We have to be sure that without the ball we are really strong, and when we get it we have to be calm and composed, but confident for the future, because we have fantastic offensive players who can hurt any opposition.

“If we can get them the ball and let them do their thing, we should have a really good night on Tuesday. “


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