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Jordan Henderson praises Milan defender Simon Kjaer for saving Christian Eriksen’s life

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ormer Liverpool manager Bill Shankly once said that football was more important than life and death.

“He set new standards of leadership during Euro 2020 when Christian Eriksen fell ill,” tweeted Jordan Henderson, the Liverpool skipper who faces Kjaer tonight as AC Milan take on the Reds at Anfield in the opening round of the Champions League.

“I can’t even begin to imagine what that experience was like for the Denmark players and I’m hugely relieved that Christian continues to make a recovery, but as a captain I couldn’t help but be impressed by the way Simon conducted himself and led his team.

That Eriksen is alive today to join the rest of us in mulling over the accuracy and context of famous football quotes is due to Simon Kjaer, his national teammate who intervened at a crucial moment.

Last summer as Denmark’s Cristian Eriksen collapsed on the pitch after suffering a cardiac arrest during his country’s Euro2020 match against Finland, the sentiment felt pretty hollow.

Eriksen, who plays for Kjaer club rival Inter Milan, has since undergone extensive tests and continues to be monitored.

“I have seen that @UEFA have given Simon and the Denmark medical team the President’s Award, and that is both fitting and deserved.
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