Liverpool captain Jordan Henderson has described one incident that made him 'want to kill' former teammate Luis Suarez. Henderson arrived at Liverpool from Sunderland in summer 2011 and Suarez had joined from Ajax in the previous January.
The midfielder revealed the Uruguayan striker used to regularly belittle him in training, getting to his nerves on numerous occasions. Speaking on 'The Greatest Game with Jamie Carragher' podcast per The Mirror, the England international said:
"I was trying to do the best I can do. Being a footballer, there is criticism and people doubting you all the time.
"At that time, I was a young player and there were one or two things Luis did in training that I didn't like.
"It made me feel I wasn't good enough to be in the same team in training.
"The arms were up like 'what the f***, what is he doing', like I shouldn't be there.
"That really hurt me. He did it three times and then I exploded and I was ready to kill him."
Ultimately, he went on to praise Suarez, saying they had a good relationship until he departed for Barcelona in 2014.
"From that point, I had a good relationship with Luis. The next game I set him up for his goal.
"He was brilliant with me after that and I was really close to him after that and he was another big player I learned from."
Henderson has improved his level since he was 20, being now one of the biggest figures of Liverpool, as well as the England national team. In recent hours Liverpool teammate Joe Gomez and Raheem Sterling were involved in a scuffle during training on Monday morning and it was Henderson who helped to ease tensions.
He reportedly contacted the duo and told them to shake hands and make up while on international duty. Maybe if Suarez wasn’t that hard on him, Henderson wouldn’t have become the player he is right now.