Jordan Henderson Says He Didn’t Swap Shirts with Messi on Roy Keane’s Advice

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Jordan Henderson admitted that after Liverpool’s Champions League battle with Barcelona last season he didn’t exchange shirts with Lionel Messi- because of a lesson he learnt from Roy Keane.

Back then, the Liverpool skipper was at Sunderland and Keane was Henderson’s boss. Apparently, the long-time Manchester United great informed his players never to participate in the time-honoured jersey swap tradition: “When I was at Sunderland, Roy Keane told me that if you ask for somebody’s jacket, it looks like you’re afraid of them.”

Henderson remembered his first meet with Messi on a field- and the Reds midfielder claimed it was a world away from seeing him on TV. “You don’t think to yourself ‘Oh my Goodness – that’s him,’ but there’s no doubt that when you see him on TV, he plays the game differently. He’s so fast,” Henderson said to The Mirror. “Reflecting on his free-kick now, I really can’t believe he scored it. I honestly figured he’d take it short.”

As for practicing the age-old swapping tradition, Henderson followed Keane’s advice on the matter. “Did I consider asking for his shirt? No. I never did,” he said.

But Henderson went home with one Blaugrauna shirt from the Camp Nou former team-mate Suarez. “I came home as it turned out, with the shirt of Luis Suarez,” Henderson said.

 

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