Liverpool midfielder Jordan Henderson has revealed that he is sometimes told by coaches at the club to rest, rather than pushing himself with extra training.
Henderson was on target twice for Liverpool during their 4-3 victory over Swansea City at Anfield on Sunday afternoon.
The 23-year-old has often been described a workhorse for his constant running within Premier League games for the team.
“Sometimes I need people to tell me to rest,” Henderson told the club’s official website.
“After training, I like to do a little bit extra. A few of us do a bit of shooting or whatever it might be, but sometimes you need to give your legs a rest and prepare for the game in the best way that you can.
“We have the right people at the club to tell you when you can and when you can’t do the extra bit.”
Henderson has grown and grown as a player since Brendan Rodgers arrived on Merseyside in the summer of 2012, and is now a vital part of the mechanics that has made such as successful season for Liverpool.
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Henderson revealed that his success and athleticism on the pitch is down to hard work, and working with the club’s Head of Fitness and Conditioning, Ryland Morgans.
He added, “We have the right fitness coaches in Ryland [Morgans] and people in the gym. They make sure that you are at your best physically.
“Some days we’ll do strength training and sprint training just to make sure we’re in the best condition we can be. All the credit has to go them. If we do it as they say, then we should be in great shape for the weekend.
“But we need to recover well too. It’s just as important after the game that you make sure you recover the best you can in terms of getting the right food down you.
“Then you need a couple of days’ recovery in the pool, doing stretches and things like that. I think 24 to 48 hours after a game is vital in terms of your preparation for the next game.”
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