Jordan Henderson’s touching tribute to AC Milan star Simon Kjaer forward of Liverpool conflict

Denmark captain Simon Kjaer has “the respect and admiration of everybody in soccer” for serving to save Christian Eriksen’s life at Euro 2020, in accordance with Liverpool skipper Jordan Henderson

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Jordan Henderson hopes to offer Simon Kjaer a heat welcome to Anfield on Wednesday night as Liverpool host AC Milan within the Champions League.

The Reds captain declared Kjaer has “the respect and admiration of everybody in soccer” after his decisive motion helped save Christian Eriksen’s life in June.

Eriksen suffered a cardiac arrest throughout Denmark’s Euro 2020 fixture in opposition to Finland. Skipper Kjaer immediately understood the magnitude of the state of affairs however remained calm and cleared Eriksen’s airways earlier than performing CPR.

The Milan defender additionally consoled his teammate’s companion and his heroic efforts, alongside these of Denmark’s medical group, noticed him awarded the UEFA President’s Award.

Simon Kjaer will obtain a heat welcome at Anfield on Wednesday night time


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Liverpool supervisor Jurgen Klopp hailed Kjaer for the “true management” he displayed forward of the go to of Milan, and Henderson additionally paid tribute to the Dane in his match programme skipper’s notes.

“I’d wish to welcome AC Milan’s Simon Kjaer to Anfield this night,” wrote the 31-year-old. “He set new requirements of management throughout Euro 2020 when Christian Eriksen fell in poor health.

“I can’t even start to think about what that have was like for the Denmark gamers and I’m vastly relieved that Christian continues to make a restoration, however as a captain I couldn’t assist however be impressed by the way in which Simon carried out himself and led his group.

“I’ve seen that UEFA have given Simon and the Denmark medical group the ‘President’s Award’ and that’s each becoming and deserved.

“However I hope Simon additionally is aware of that he has the respect and admiration of everybody in soccer for what he did that night time.”

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Kjaer’s presence at Anfield provides to an already-special event, as it’s Liverpool’s first European night time in entrance of a capability crowd since March 2020.

“A European night time at Anfield with followers. Wow,” wrote Henderson. “They are saying you don’t know what you’ve received till it’s gone, however on this case we at all times knew. That’s why we’ve been so determined to have these nights again.

“Tonight was at all times going to be particular, regardless of who the opposition was. The truth that our opponents are AC Milan solely makes it much more particular.”

AC Milan (seven) and Liverpool (six) have been topped champions of Europe 13 occasions between them, making the pair two of the most-successful groups within the continent’s historical past.

Their solely earlier conferences got here in two Champions League finals, with Liverpool performing the well-known ‘Miracle of Istanbul’ in 2005 to come back again from 3-0 down at half-time and win on penalties within the Turkish capital.

The Italian giants claimed their revenge two years later as Filippo Inzaghi scored twice in a 2-1 victory throughout which Dirk Kuyt grabbed a late comfort aim.

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