Liverpool captain Jordan Henderson insists that taking the knee is “ STILL having an impact ” but respects Marcos Alonso’s decision to present himself as a Chelsea star “ he has the right to do whatever he wants ”
- Jordan Henderson believes that kneeling players continue to make a difference
- The Premier League agreed to kneel before last year’s matches
- A handful of players have stopped gesturing with Marcos Alonso the last to stand up
Liverpool captain Jordan Henderson believes that players who kneel before games continue to make a difference in the fight against racism.
The Premier League made the gesture after George Floyd, a black American man, was killed by a police officer kneeling at his throat in May 2020.
The captains of each English top flight team came together and agreed to kneel before games, a gesture that dates back to Martin Luther King.
Jordan Henderson believes that kneeling players continue to make a difference
Chelsea left-back Marcos Alonso is the latest star not to make the gesture before matches
A handful of players have stopped kneeling with Chelsea left-back Marcos Alonso, the latest star not to make the move before kickoff, but Henderson insists the gesture “continues to have an impact.”
“Everyone has the right to do what they feel comfortable doing,” said the Reds midfielder. GQ.
‘I know that Marcos is against any form of racism, so we are all fighting for the same thing here and we all have the same message.
“But, for me and the Liverpool players, I think we are still in favor and it is still having an impact.”
Alonso made good on his promise to stop kneeling before Chelsea’s Premier League matches in September.
The Spanish side said that the gesture, made in solidarity with the anti-racism movement in football, has lost its value and is no longer necessary before games.
He joined the likes of Wilfried Zaha and Ivan Toney, who have also stopped the gesture.
Alonso revealed that he would instead choose to combat racism in a different way before games, joining the likes of Wilfried Zaha and Ivan Toney, who have also stopped the gesture.
Before the start of the 2021-22 season, senior players agreed to continue their stance, which began during Project Restart last year.
Crystal Palace talisman Zaha had called the act “degrading”, while Brentford forward Toney said the players were being “used as puppets” when they knelt.
“I am totally against racism and all kinds of discrimination,” Alonso said.
“I just prefer to put my finger on the plate where it says no to racism, as they do in other sports and in soccer in other countries.
“ Maybe I am losing a bit of strength the other way around, so I prefer to do it this way and show that I am totally supportive. ”