Ex-Sunderland ace Jordan Henderson dedicates goal to gran’s memory

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England and Liverpool footballer Jordan Henderson dedicated his first goal of the season to his family in memory of his grandmother, who died last week.

The Reds captain, from Sunderland, opened the scoring in the 2-2 draw at home to West Brom and celebrated with Adam Lallana, the team-mate who had provided the knockdown.

But once the initial rush had subsided, the 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,” said Henderson, who was making his first league start since August 17 after foot problems.

“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.”

Earlier this year Jordan returned to Wearside to launch the Eileen Smith Foundation in memory of his other grandmother Eileen, who died from cancer.