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Liverpool captain Henderson: Europa League final defeat sparked trophy-winning era

Liverpool captain Jordan Henderson says defeat in the Europa League final to Unai Emery's Sevilla six years ago sparked their golden era.

The midfielder was asked about the match ahead of Emery facing Liverpool once again, this time with Villarreal in the Champions League semi-finals.

The Reds were well beaten as they suffered a 3-1 defeat at the end of Jurgen Klopp's first season in charge, but Henderson revealed it's a night that 'sticks out' for the way his manager reacted and signalled the starting point for future success.

"Went back to my hotel room and wanted to get my head down but the gaffer had us all downstairs and we spent the night [as a squad] together," he recalled in his press conference on Tuesday.

"He knew what was to come in the next few years. That always sticks out. Beginning of something special.

"We'd just lost the Europa League final so it was difficult to see past that but that's why it stuck because the manager was different. He knew it was just the start and that translated to the players. That day always sticks out for me for sure."

Henderson said he sensed "something special" was on the horizon when Klopp took charge in October 2015 and disclosed that his boss did not let the agony of a final defeat disrupt his vision.

"I felt there was something special [happening] as soon as the manager come in. The whole lift he gave the club. But it's tough when you lose a European final but the manager saw the bigger picture," he said.

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