Henderson hails Southgate: He has brought identity to the team

Jose Verdugo
Julio 11, 2018

Klopp would have been hoping that Germany would retain their title at the World Cup but it wasn't to be as Joachim Low's side failed to get out of their group.

Understandably engulfed by the World Cup like the rest of the nation, Stokes and Co thought they would give penalties a go during their training session at Trent Bridge ahead of this evening's semi-final with Croatia.

The Liverpool manager has now seemingly turned his attention to the Three Lions because he's been sending Jordan Henderson plenty of texts as England progress through the tournament.

Asked if he has spoken to Klopp at all, Henderson told BBC Sport prior to beating Sweden: "Yeah [regular contact] after games normally, and he's so happy".

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The Liverpool captain was substituted in the 85th minute of England's 2-0 win over Sweden in the quarter-finals on Saturday, due to a hamstring niggle. "Come on!' So he's buzzing that we're doing well".

"It's had a big part in my development and obviously the manager at Liverpool has had a massive influence on us as well", he said.

Henderson has controlled the tempo of games from deep, and has often been seen barking orders at teammates in a bid to try and organise and in the eyes of Pearce, he is displaying more prominent leadership than striking talisman Kane.

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