Liverpool welcomed Chelsea to Anfield almost five years ago for a showdown which paved the way to their title challenge collapsing.

An infamous Steven Gerrard slip allowed Demba Ba in on goal for the Blues on that day and he gleefully gave Jose Mourinho’s men the lead.

It was Willian who finished the job for Chelsea late on, bagging on the break as then-Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers implored his team to attack.

Henderson, missing through suspension, was forced to watch the game from the stands, as well as the crucial subsequent 3-3 draw at Crystal Palace.

The Liverpool skipper has now opened up on what was running through his mind having been unable to help his team-mates in those not-so-fondly remembered games.

“I was on edge big time,” said Henderson, who will be desperate to lead Liverpool to victory over Chelsea on Sunday.

“I could sense it with the crowd too when they were wasting time in the first few minutes. It wasn’t nice to watch.

“I’m not a good watcher anyway. It was tough being suspended for such a big game and for Palace and Norwich too.

“I’m more nervous watching than when I’m actually on the pitch.”

Henderson has learned lessons from seeing Manchester City steam ahead to claim title glory in the wake of Liverpool’s loss to Chelsea back in 2014.

“It was a tough time to miss them games at a crucial time,” Henderson added.

“Yeah, for me it’s just another thing I’ve used to keep going and channel all my energy into keep winning games and being successful for Liverpool.

“This is a fantastic team but it’s a big month or so for us as a team and hopefully we can keep performing and keep winning to get the results that we need to get over the line.

“Of course that’s what everyone wants – you want to win trophies, especially when you are at this football club.

“I try to use that time as an experience and try to help the lads in the best way I can. It’s a new chapter and a new team.”

Liverpool sit two points clear of title rivals City ahead of Sunday’s clash against Chelsea, though Pep Guardiola’s side have a game in hand on them.



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