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Liverpool midfielder Jordan Henderson has revealed the comments made by Sir Alex Ferguson in his autobiography have never bothered him.

Manchester United were keen on signing the England international while with his former club Sunderland. The former Red Devils manager stated Henderson runs with his knees, which forced the Old Trafford club to drop their interest in signing him.

The Merseyside club signed Henderson in the summer of 2011. The 23-year-old had a tough start to his Anfield career, before hitting top form under Brendan Rodgers this season.

Henderson has started in 28 league games this season, scoring three goals and managing six assists in the process. The former Sunderland midfielder is in contention for a place in the starting line up when Liverpool take on United at Old Trafford on Sunday.

"What was written in the book never bothered me. To be honest, I looked upon it as a compliment that I got a mention. The fact Alex Ferguson was watching me at some stage must have meant I was doing something right," Henderson told the Liverpool Echo.

"I was never aware of any interest from United and I'm happy with how things worked out. I'm enjoying my football and we're progressing well as a team."

"I never felt as if I had a point to prove really – except maybe to myself and to Liverpool Football Club in terms of improving as a player," the England international added.

Liverpool manager heaped praise on Henderson's form for the Reds during this campaign. The midfielder is hoping his brilliant run for the club can earn him a place in England squad for the 2014 World Cup in Brazil.

The England midfielder revealed the former Swansea manager played a crucial role in helping him improve tactically.

"I've been working hard every day to try to improve. Certainly, playing and training with world class players on a daily basis has helped me a lot," the former Sunderland midfielder said.

"But I'm also very grateful for everything Brendan has done for me. He has helped me improve a lot tactically. That has been an area of my game that has come on a lot."

"The manager is very good in all areas. Tactically, he can see the game and how it's going to pan out. He knows what decisions he needs to make at certain times," Henderson concluded.