What would follow would be far from smooth sailing, with the No. 14 having to defy his critics season upon season – but his quality as a player and a person was always going to shine through.
Henderson’s story is one of fierce determination, and here we’ve picked out our 10 favourite pictures that document his Liverpool journey throughout each season.
The debut season in 2011/12 saw Henderson play a prominent role for Dalglish, featuring 48 times across three different competitions.
Just a season later and Henderson’s Anfield future hit a rocky road as Brendan Rodgers arrived and told him he was free to join Fulham as part of an exchange for Clint Dempsey.
The answer would be no and the rest, as they say, is history. Henderson proved Rodgers wrong and by the end of 2012/13, where he made 44 appearances, his importance to the side was made known.
The metronome of the enthralling 2013/14 title race, Henderson shot into prominence with his unrelenting performances as Liverpool aimed to do the unlikely – also aided by his four goals and seven assists.
He’d start 35 of the 38 league games that season, where his three-game suspension would prove decisive in the destination of the title.
The 2014/15 campaign remains the No. 14’s most productive in all of his 10 years at Anfield having amassed 54 outings – six more than his second-best of 48 in his debut year.
A significant step in his Liverpool career saw Steven Gerrard hand over the captain’s armband to Henderson, hurdles would come as a result but Henderson would ultimately forge his own path.
And that would mostly come under the tutelage of Jurgen Klopp, with the German arriving just two months into a season – a League Cup final defeat would be coupled with injury ensuring he would play no part in the Europa League final loss.
A switch to a deep-lying midfield role would then open the doors to praise for the captain as he showed off a different set of skills.
The stunner at Stamford Bridge, his only goal of the season, would be a key highlight before a foot injury saw his year come to an early close in February.
The oh so close
Henderson would then return to a team with Champions League football beckoning, where he led his side with distinction on their wild and enjoyable ride to the final.
It would end in heartbreak but the Reds would be back without delay.
The European Cup-winning captain
The skipper was spellbinding in his pursuit of glory for his club and his move back into an attacking midfield role offered a new lease on life and he would celebrate with a European Cup.
The wait is over
We then got to see the Henderson shuffle a further three times in 2019/20, with the Super Cup, Club World Cup and Premier League title all following in what was a display of supremacy from Klopp’s men.
A season like no other would end without the presence of fans as the pandemic hit, but the moment hit all the same as Henderson became the first Red to lift a league title in 30 years.
Another string to his bow was showed off in 2020/21 as he was asked to play at centre-back amid an injury crisis before he too would succumb to end his campaign prematurely once more.
But while his time on the pitch was limited, his influence and presence remained everpresent as he fought and continues to fight for change off the field.
Now, what’s next for our skipper?