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Henderson’s embrace shows the benefit of cherishing the moment | Daniel Taylor

Moving scenes with a father and Alexander-Arnold playing with his mates provided memories that transcend football

It was just before Christmas in 2013 when Brian Henderson, a retired police officer from Washington, Tyne and Wear, went to have a cyst removed from his neck only to be told it was cancer and that there was no guarantee, as there never is with that cruel, indiscriminate disease, that he would see it off.

At first he did not want to tell his son, Jordan, because he was worried about how it might affect the performances of a player, then 23, who was already finding it hard enough to prove he was worthy of succeeding Steven Gerrard at Liverpool. Then, when father and son finally had that dreadful, life?changing conversation, the 59-year-old decided it would be better for Jordan not to see him while he was undergoing treatment.

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