Stewart Downing has lifted the lid on a heart-to-heart chat with Jordan Henderson that helped convince the Liverpool captain to fight for his place at Anfield, while the ex-Reds star compared youngster Harvey Elliott to Raheem Sterling.
A move to Fulham was on the cards in 2012, with Cottagers star Clint Dempsey set to head up north in place of the Englishman. However, Henderson snubbed the West Londoners to tough it out at Anfield.
Stewart Downing has lifted the lid on the advice he gave to Jordan Henderson in 2012
The Liverpool skipper initially struggled to adapt at Anfield and was set to join Fulham
And Downing, who played alongside Henderson during his early days with the club, has revealed that the Reds skipper sought his team-mate's counsel on the proposed move to the capital.
'The transfer deadline was a couple of days away and there had been rumours of Jordan going there with Clint Dempsey coming the other way,' Downing told The Athletic. 'Jordan asked me what I