Henderson was 'on his knees'

September 3, 2011

Henderson was criticised for his performances in Denmark as he failed to replicate the form which had earned him a move from Sunderland to Liverpool. Pearce, whose side thrashed Azerbaijan 6-0 on Thursday, put that down to fatigue. "He captained the side well,' said Pearce regarding Henderson's performance against Azerbaijan, which included a goal. "He will be a great talent for the future. But we have to nurture everyone in this squad. "The one thing that did affect him (in Denmark) was the season. A lot was said about Jack Wilshere and his condition. "But Jordan Henderson was the one player that we realised at the end of the season was flat. "He took the move to Liverpool in his stride. But he was physically on his knees come the summer, if I'm being quite honest, and that was the only distraction for him. "I thought he had a decent tournament but come the last group game he ran out of gas."