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New Dad Henderson helps Liverpool to FA Cup win

SoccerBy Kevin Palmer
Henderson dashed back from the birth of his child to play
Henderson dashed back from the birth of his child to play

Liverpool sealed their place in the FA Cup semi-finals after a 1-0 win at Blackburn, after captain Jordan Henderson cut short the celebrations following the birth of his second child to play in the match.

Henderson had been granted permission to miss the FA Cup quarter-final replay that was decided by a Philippe Coutinho goal, but boss Brendan Rodgers revealed his skipper was desperate to play.

"Jordan Henderson's partner had their second child during the night, so hadn't slept so much and to put in a performance like he did tonight, it was a real captain's performance," said Rodgers.

"Some players maybe would have missed the game, but he said to me: 'Boss, as soon as the baby's out I'll be coming back!' There was a car waiting!

"He spent time with his young partner, child and family, which is great, but he said, 'I'll be back' - and he was. He had his lunch, he had a good sleep this afternoon and then played like a real captain."

Henderson was full of praise for match winner Coutinho, as Liverpool set-up a last four meeting with Aston Villa at Wembley later this month.

"Philippe's got a great footballing brain and the easy bit is just giving him [the ball] and he's finished it fantastically well," Henderson told BT Sport following the final whistle.

"It was a great strike. That little bit of brilliance from him wins us the game and gives everyone a big lift. So hopefully now we can really kick on in our last seven games in the Premier League and also in the semi-final.

"It was a really important game for us today. I think everybody has been disappointed the last couple of weeks with performances and results. But I think we've shown great character tonight."