Jordan Henderson believes he owes a great deal to his former boss Steve Bruce, but the midfielder says he will put feelings aside when he runs out at he KC Stadium this Sunday.
The 23-year-old established himself as a regular in Steve Bruce’s Sunderland side during the two seasons the pair worked together for the Black Cats.
It was under Bruce’s tutelage that Henderson earned a transfer to Liverpool in 2011. Bringing Henderson into the spotlight with his fantastic form for Sunderland.
The Reds’ number 14 has not forgotten what his former mentor done for him; but friendly relations will be put on hold when Liverpool face Steve Bruce’s Hull in the Premier League this weekend.
Henderson told Liverpoolfc.com: “I was at Sunderland with Steve Bruce, who I thought was brilliant for Sunderland and me personally.
“I’ve got a lot to thank him for, but hopefully we beat him on Sunday. It’s another big game for us and we need to keep pushing on. We’re all looking forward to it.
“I’m sure he’ll have them ready and raring to go on Sunday. It will be a very difficult game, so we need to make sure we’re right on it from the start.
“We just need to keep playing like we have – if we do that, with our intensity, then I’m sure we’ll be okay.”
Liverpool travel to Bruce’s newly-promoted side searching for a victory following last weekend’s historic 3-3 draw in the Merseyside derby at Goodison Park.
Brendan Rodgers is looking to kick off an extremely busy month for Liverpool with a win at Hull. They aim to maintain second place whilst preparing for seven fixtures this month.
Henderson added: “It’s always important to get three points. We go into every game wanting to win it and Sunday will be no different. We’re looking forward to it and hopefully we can do the job.
“It doesn’t matter, home or away, we take each game as it comes. We want to win every game we’re involved in.
“We have had a couple of difficult away games. I think we’re doing okay but we can still improve and keep pushing on. Hopefully, with a few wins, we can push even higher.“We’re trying to work on the mistakes that we make in games – hopefully we can put them right for the next game on Sunday.”
By Rory Whitelaw
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