'World at his feet': Jordan Henderson says Chelsea have a player with a seriously exciting future ahead of him

Jordan Henderson believes Mason Mount’s disappointment in the FA Cup final will only make him stronger.

Speaking to Sky Sports, the Liverpool captain confidently predicted to see an even better version of the Chelsea forward next season following his heartbreak at Wembley.

Mount probably couldn’t see much progression and hope after his saved penalty in sudden death proved to be pivotal in Saturday’s showpiece event.

He could only watch on in despair as Alisson dived the right way and prevented the ball from nestling in the net.

The England international had to make the long, arduous walk back to the halfway line, aware the trophy was just one kick away from slipping out of Chelsea’s grasp.

Kostas Tsimikas tucked his effort past Edouard Mendy to secure Liverpool’s second domestic trophy at the expense of Thomas Tuchel’s men.

Jordan Henderson supports Mount

Those wearing red shirts skimmed across the surface in pure adulation, whilst the yellow cohort lost all the colour in their faces.

Especially Mount, who slumped to his knees, bruised and broken.

Although he must’ve felt completely alone at that moment, Henderson made a point of consoling his compatriot by offering a few kind words.

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“I knew he’d be feeling really down and to be honest, he probably didn’t want me going over there thinking back, but I just wanted to give him a little bit of support because he’s a top player, a great lad and he’s still very young,” said the midfielder.

“He’s got the world at his feet and I’m sure he’ll bounce back, and when he gets the opportunity again, he’ll step up and put the ball in the back of the net.”

Wembley woes for Mount

Right now, the last thing Mount will want to think about is taking another penalty.

Especially at Wembley, the stadium where the 23-year-old has lost six consecutive finals.

But the Chelsea academy graduate has recovered from every single of these setbacks at the national team’s ground.

After the 2019 Championship play-off final defeat, he became an established member of Frank Lampard’s first team at Stamford Bridge.

The 2021 FA Cup loss was soon followed by the Champions League triumph in Porto, where Mount provided the assist for Kai Havertz’s winner.

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Failing to win the European Championships on home soil led to the forward lifting the UEFA Super Cup.

Mason will push on once again, we are sure of that.

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Nathaniel is a football journalist who graduated from the University of Derby. He has worked at Burton Albion as part of their media team for two years. Nathaniel produces regular articles for the club’s official website and match-day programme. He covered the 2018 U20 Women’s World Cup in Brittany and has reported from grounds ranging from non-league up to the Premier League.