Scoring a goal has got to be a feeling like no other. Regardless of the level of football – be it grassroots or top-flight football, nothing quite beats the moment the ball hits the back of the net. It really is a special moment, irrespective of the situation.

Every goal scored brings out some sort of a reaction. Equalizers lift the spirit of one team as it diminishes the spirit of the other. Game-clinchers are met with euphoria from players and fans alike. Screamers leave the fans with their hands on their heads and sassy team-play goals are applauded endlessly. Goals against former clubs either spark wild celebrations, or none at all; while own goals are looked down upon with shame and disappointment.

The age-old saying goes, “Goals win games”, and when these goals bring you that much closer to a Premier League title, it is inevitable to see emotions pouring out during celebrations.

Fans got to see exactly what this is about in the league game between Southampton and Liverpool. The Reds traveled to St. Mary’s, a point behind leaders City at the start of kick-off. Alarm bells were ringing when the Saints took the lead early on through Shane Long. All doubts of an upset were put to rest with Keita’s first goal for the club and late goals from Salah and Henderson.

With Henderson’s goal sealing the comeback win, his goal celebration showed exactly what it meant to him and the club. With Liverpool fans going berserk behind the goal, Henderson’s celebration was just bursting with emotion. Henderson let out all of his frustration built up from a lack of goals, performances, starts and overall criticism of himself and his role in the team.

In what can be described as inspiring and energizing, Hendo and Virgil van Dijk (VVD) are seen sharing a moment after the goal. With Hendo still pumped after scoring, he is seen passionately chest-bumping with VVD. It is what one would call a manly celebration. The Dutchman congratulates him at the end of it, but it was all about the passion in the celebration. The desire. The fire in the belly. The adrenaline pumping through the veins.

It just goes to show that if you channel your emotions and frustrations positively, it will be worth it in the end. Henderson’s reaction showed us what it means to prove your haters wrong, and more importantly, to prove yourself right.

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