Liverpool’s midfielder Adam Lallana paid an emotional tribute to his team-mate and captain Jordan Henderson.
Lallana, 32, and Henderson, 30 have developed a close friendship and played alongside each other in their Reds career since joining from Southhampton and Sunderland respectively.
A tearful Lallana who is set to leave Liverpool this July said about Henderson that “being beside him lifting the Premier League trophy, nothing makes me happier,” a tearful Lallana said about fellow England midfielder Henderson.
Lallana has said no-one deserves success more than the skipper despite his ups and downs.
“Having been with Jordan throughout the whole journey I’ve been lucky enough to be alongside him when he had his dark moments and couple of injuries that he’s had,” on the club’s website.
“He’s also been alongside me in my dark moments, injuries. We always come back to injuries. It’s not just defeats that are dark moments, it’s injuries as well.
“There was one game when we lost, well we drew 3-3 away to Sevilla. I say we lost because it felt like a defeat. I just remember he had his hood up and he kind of took the brunt of that result, took full responsibility. We were 3-0 up at half-time and it finished 3-3, and just hearing him say as captain, ‘That can’t happen, I’ve got to be responsible and I’m responsible for that being a Liverpool captain.’
“Just to hear how honest he was, I was thinking ‘Are you crazy to be taking that responsibility? It’s the team’s responsibility and we’ve not even lost the game.’
“But, that just epitomises his selflessness and how much responsibility he takes for this football club in the bad moments. That’s why he deserves this more than anyone else. He deserves to be captain of Liverpool holding the four trophies in one season more than anyone else and no-one can take that away from him, ever.
“Being not just his friend, but his team-mate makes me so proud and privileged. Yes, it’s nice that our families are close and my kids are the same age as his kids, but more than anything him being my captain and being next to him on Wednesday when he lifted that Premier League trophy, there is nothing that makes me happier really.”
Lallana during his six years with the Reds has won the Premier League, Champions League and Club World Cup.