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Jordan Henderson didn’t swap shirts with Lionel Messi because of a lesson by Roy Keane

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Liverpool captain Jordan Henderson faced Lionel Messi’s Barcelona in the Champions League semi-final last season. Barcelona reigned supreme in the first leg with a 3-0 win at Camp Nou. Messi scored twice, including a stunning free-kick after Luis Suarez had given Barcelona the lead against his former side.

Henderson and co surprised the football world with a 4-0 comeback at Anfield and later winning their 6th European title, beating Tottenham in the final. Henderson has now revealed his experiences from those Champions League nights.

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According to a report by Mirror, Henderson didn’t swap shirts with Messi following Liverpool’s Champions League defeat to Barcelona because of something he learned from uncompromising Manchester United legend Roy Keane.

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Roy Keane was Henderson’s manager during his Sunderland days. The former Manchester United legend told his players never to take part in the time-honoured tradition of the shirt swap. Doing so suggests you’re in awe of them, was the lesson from Keane, who as a player was known for his uncompromising style.

The Champions League semi-final 1st leg was the first ever meeting between Henderson and Messi. Henderson was impressed by the little magician.

Henderson told: “You don’t think to yourself ‘Oh my God – that’s him,’ but there’s no question he plays the game differently to when you see him on TV. He’s so fast.”

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“Thinking about his free-kick now, I still can’t believe he scored it. I actually thought he was going to take it short. I’ve told you how good I think Ali [Alisson] is, but Messi put that shot in the one area Ali couldn’t protect. The whip, the pace, the precision – it was absolutely perfect.”

He further added: “Did I think about asking for his shirt? No. I’ve never done it. Roy Keane told me when I was at Sunderland that if you ask for someone’s shirt, it looks like you are in awe of them.”

“As it turned out, I came home with Luis Suarez’s shirt. Luis is a good lad and he gave me it as a gesture as we had played together for Liverpool. I don’t know what he’s done with mine!”

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Rahul Roy
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