Liverpool captain Jordan Henderson has explained his reasons behind opting to hand over his social media accounts to an anti-cyberbullying organisation.

Henderson last week announced that he would be handing over his social media accounts to The Cybersmile Foundation.

The move came after two of his Liverpool team-mates were subject to online abuse after his side’s defeat to Real Madrid on Tuesday night.

Both Trent Alexander-Arnold and Naby Keita were targeted by some online in the wake of the 3-1 Champions League defeat at the Alfredo Di Stefano Stadium.

Keita's evening was over shortly before the interval when he was substituted for Thiago Alcantara, while a misplaced header from Alexander-Arnold led to Madrid's second goal.

The online abuse resulted in Liverpool releasing a statement urging social media platforms to take stronger action against those guilty of the appalling abuse.

And now Henderson has used his programme notes ahead of tomorrow’s second-leg at Anfield to explain why he felt he needed to make a stand against online trolls.

“When people read these programme notes, they might like them, they might dislike them, they might wish I’d said something different or that I had talked about a subject that’s particularly important to them,” the Liverpool skipper wrote.

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“The beauty of a publication like this, though, is that all such thoughts will remain just that. There is no capacity for comments, which means there is no risk of the kind of abuse which continues to make social media a place that becomes toxic and at times unusable.

“I should stress that I am not against comments and I’m not against criticism. Used properly, social media is undoubtedly a force for good as it allows engagement and it also affords people the opportunity to tell others when they’ve got something wrong.

“The problem is that far too often it isn’t used properly and at its worst it offers a platform to those who think targeting others with abuse – be it racist, homophobic, sexist or whatever – is somehow acceptable.

“It’s for this reason why I have handed my social media accounts over to the Cybersmile Foundation, an anti-cyberbullying charity which does incredible work supporting many of those who are targeted by such abuse and promotes more positive uses of the internet.

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“To put it bluntly, I’m sick of seeing people I know, and people I don’t know, having to put up with the kind of abuse that turns my stomach. It has to stop and anyone who has a shred of decency has to play their part in making it stop.

“I didn’t do this lightly. I thought about it a lot and at one stage I was considering switching off all of my social media accounts in protest. I still have that option and I applaud those, like Thierry Henry, who have taken the ultimate step as far as this issue is concerned.

“But for now I want to see if I can turn my own feelings into something positive by shining a bit of light on an appalling situation and seeing if some sort of positive can be extracted from it.

“I don’t have all of the answers. I may not even have any of them. When it comes down to it, I’m a footballer with no expertise in social media, but I do know the difference between right and wrong and I think I would be doing a disservice to my upbringing and the position of responsibility I hold if I did nothing.

“More than anything, I would feel like I was letting down my own teammates, players at other clubs and everyone else who knows what it is to be a victim of this scourge.”

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