Ex-Sunderland ace dedicates special Liverpool goal to family in memory of his grandmother

Jordan Henderson celebrates scoring against West Brom
Jordan Henderson celebrates scoring against West Brom
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Former Sunderland midfielder Jordan Henderson dedicated his first Liverpool goal of the season to his family in memory of his grandmother who died last week.

The Reds captain's first thought having swept home to open the scoring in the 2-2 draw at home to West Brom was to celebrate with Adam Lallana, the team-mate who had provided the knockdown.

But once the initial rush had subsided the Sunderland-born 26-year-old blew a kiss to the skies and raised both arms in tribute.

"It has been a difficult time for my family of late on a personal level so that was for them really," Henderson, making his first league start since August 17 after foot problems, told Press Association Sport of his celebration.

"It is nice to be playing, being on the pitch and contributing to the team.

"It was disappointing it wasn't a win but I thought the performance was good at times.

"We started really well but we should be finishing games off and that is what we have to improve on.

"But we kept going and managed to get an equaliser late on and I thought we were going to get a winner but we couldn't get the ball over the line.

"I think that is a real positive we can take out of the day. Even though we went 2-1 down we kept going to the end and that is what you have to do in football.

"We scored one and were unlucky not to score another one and that could have changed the game in five minutes.

"You have to keep going right till the end," added the former Sunderland midfielder, who joined the Reds in 2011.