New Reds signing out to prove doubters wrong

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Jordan Henderson last night declared the size of the transfer fee Liverpool paid Sunderland for him filled him with confidence, not fear.

Henderson admitted it had been a hectic week after he was allowed to complete his move to Anfield before linking up with the England Under-21 squad for their European Championship campaign in Denmark.

The midfielder, who turns 21 on Friday, reportedly cost in the region of £16million and some have questioned whether Liverpool paid over the odds. But Henderson has vowed to prove he is worth the money and revealed he plans to begin repaying his fee by helping the Reds qualify for next season’s Champions League.

“I don’t really make the figures up but it just shows that Liverpool have faith in me,” he said. “So I’ll work hard and and improve as a player and learn a lot and hopefully I can repay them.”

Henderson was unable to show off his skills in England Under-21s’ 1-1 Group B draw against Spain on Sunday, which saw Stuart Pearce’s side get out of jail in a game their opponents completely dominated.

He admitted: “Spain made ir really difficult for us.

“They’re obviously a gifted team on the ball but I think that we showed great character and a good attitude to stay in the game and get the late goal.”