Jordan Henderson feels that the popularity of Liverpool coach Jurgen Klopp has reduced the intensity of the rivalry between England and Germany. The two nations will face off against each other in the round of 16 matches at Wembley. Since his arrival at Liverpool in 2015, Klopp has won many hearts in England and a fair share of admirers.
“Yeah, the gaffer at Liverpool has been very influential,” Liverpool captain Jordan Henderson said. “The charisma he has got, a lot of people love him even if you’re a neutral fan. He’s had a big part [to play] in English football in the Premier League.”
Henderson has 60 caps for England with the most recent coming in the last group game against the Czech republic. He is aware of his responsibility as a senior player to help the youngsters to cope with the pressure of such a big game.
“We have quite a young squad,” he admitted. “And that can be a positive thing. A lot of them go out and just enjoy the game, play with no fear, and that’s what they need to do again on Tuesday,” he added. “Go and enjoy it, go and show everyone how good you are, but use the passion and emotion in the right way to give you energy for the game, because that can be the difference.”
England has the third-youngest squad at Euro 2020. Only Spain and turkey have a younger squad than England. In contrast, the German squad has an average age of 28.