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Charting the Rejuvenation of Liverpool Midfielder Jordan Henderson

Liverpool's Jordan Henderson celebrates after scoring against Swansea City during their English Premier League soccer match at Anfield Stadium, Liverpool, England, Sunday Feb. 23, 2014. (AP Photo/Jon Super)
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Matt LadsonChief Writer IIIJanuary 10, 2017

In a little over 18 months, Jordan Henderson has gone from being told he can leave Liverpool, to becoming a key player and starting all 27 of the club's Premier League games this season.

Two goals and a man of the match display in another dramatic encounter at Anfield against Swansea have underlined the Englishman's importance within Brendan Rodgers' team.

But it all could have been so different had he not insisted on staying at Liverpool and proving his worth, rather than accepting a move to Fulham“When the manager told me I could go to Fulham it was a bit of a shock at first,” explained Henderson, as per The Telegraph.

Initially, after turning down the opportunity to join The Cottagers, Henderson found himself on the periphery of Rodgers' plans—used in Europa League matches and with fleeting substitute appearances.

In November 2012, Henderson showed the attitude that has now been key in turning his career around. He told The Telegraph's Chris Bascombe:

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