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

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

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.

“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.

“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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“But I hope Simon also knows that he has the respect and admiration of everyone in football for what he did that night.”

Kjaer was one of the first players to reach Eriksen and perform first aid as medics rushed to the scene, working to resuscitate him on the pitch before taking him to hospital, where he was fitted with a heart-starting device.

Eriksen, who plays for Kjaer club rival Inter Milan, has since undergone extensive tests and continues to be monitored. He was able to travel to Italy last month to visit his club’s training ground.

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