I Look For Criticism As Fuel – Liverpool Captain Henderson

Liverpool captain Jordan Henderson has insisted that his doubters make him a better player, and that he looks for “criticism as fuel” to improve.

Henderson was named the Football Writers’ Association Footballer of the Year on Saturday, as a reward for leading the Reds to a first league title in 30 years.
The 30-year-old lifted the Premier League trophy following Liverpool’s 5-3 win over Chelsea at Anfield on Thursday, capping a superb individual campaign which also saw him add the UEFA Super Cup and FIFA Club World Cup to his silverware collection.
The England international’s role in Liverpool’s starting XI hasn’t always been appreciated by supporters or experts, and eyebrows were raised initially when he was handed the captain’s armband following Steven Gerrard’s departure in 2015.
Henderson has only recorded a modest four goals and five assists for Jurgen Klopp’s side in 40 outings this term, but his overall contribution as a leader in the middle of the pitch has been priceless.
The midfielder admits that he hasn’t always been able to ignore his critics, but says he has learned the art of turning negatives into positives while developing his all-round game.
“I think at times criticism can hurt,” Henderson told the Daily Mail. “You understand criticism is part and parcel of football, but when you are a young player it is harder to deal with when you are not used to it.
“At a big club like Liverpool, the expectation level can affect you. It is about learning and dealing with it as best you can.
“I have found ways to deal with it through experience. Now I look more for criticism as fuel to drive me forward.
“I will never stop trying to get better. It is something I will always do until I finish playing football. That is a big part of life.
“You are going to have setbacks and criticism but it is how you react to those situations. Use it as energy and fuel and motivation to come back stronger and improve. That is all I have ever tried to do.”

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