England midfielder Jordan Henderson believes he can use the experiences of the past disappointment of narrowly missing out on major silverware to help motivate himself and his team-mates.
Henderson was part of the Liverpool side that lost 3-1 to Real Madrid in last year’s Champions League final before joining up with the England squad as they reached the semi-finals of the World Cup in Russia.
He feels he can channel the feelings of disappointment to help secure some silverware in the future.
According to Henderson, he said:
“I think it always stays with you, those moments, it gives you even more motivation to keep going, keep wanting to be in that position again to make it right, and go that final step really.
It’s definitely an extra motivation that I use. Maybe I had a little taste of it playing in finals but I haven’t really managed to win the big trophies, and now that’s the next step really.
I don’t really look at it [the experience] as a benefit for me, I look at it as a benefit for the team more than anything.
When you’ve got players that have been in that situation before, of experience, big games, semi-finals, finals, big competitions, then it’s good for the team – especially to be able to help the younger lads cope with bigger occasions and give them a little bit of experience on what to expect.
The more players you have to play in those finals, the better really.”