Brendan Rodgers. (Photo by Plumb Images via Getty Images)CHENNAI: Liverpool finally ended their 30-year wait for an EPL title on Thursday when Manchester City lost to Chelsea. In a few days captain Jordan Henderson will hold that trophy for which the fans have been craving for an eternity. But Henderson wasn’t always a popular choice at Liverpool and not many were convinced when he took over the mantle from a club legend like Steven Gerrard in 2015. But Brendan Rodgers, the current Leicester City boss, who decided to take the chance with Henderson called it one of the best decisions of his life. “When I first joined Liverpool in 2012, we had an offer from Fulham and I remember that I sat him down and we talked about it. Jordan didn’t want to go and I promised him that day that I will help him become a better player. From that meeting we have forged a really strong bond and I have seen him mature,” Rodgers, who oversaw Liverpool’s so-close-yet-so-far campaign in 2013-14, told TOI. “I had named him the vice-captain of the side and when a club legend like Stevie left, I invited Jordan to my house to tell him that I have decided to hand the captain’s armband to him. It was one of the best decisions of my life. It has been great to see his journey from a player who may be did not have the talent of some of the legends before him to a captain who will go down in the pages of Liverpool’s history as a fantastic leader,” Rodgers said. Though he was unable to deliver the trophy during his tenure, Liverpool’s success did not make Rodgers any less proud. “I am genuinely so happy for Liverpool and their fans right now. I sent a message to Juergan and Jordan and also the owners after they won the league. The Premier League trophy has been like a Holy Grail for Liverpool and I sensed the desire for it during my time there,” the former Liverpool manager said. “Having witnessed it first hand, I know it is an incredible moment in the club’s history. I am delighted for Klopp and the way the team has played under him. After coming so close to the trophy in the last few years the team rightly deserves this moment of glory. They have been the most consistent team of this season and the manner in which they have won the league is worth applauding.” The Northern Irishman is now the manager of Leicester City, who are third on the EPL table, and when they face Chelsea in FA Cup quarterfinal on Sunday, Rodgers hopes his team will prove their worth. “In my opinion Leicester have overachieved this season and we have to maintain the same momentum tomorrow in FA Cup. Coming off an amazing win against Manchester City, Chelsea will be hungry and ready. They play fast and aggressive football which is good for us because we want to play with that intensity as well.”



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