He is becoming harder and harder to drop for Brendan Rodgers as he keeps putting in impressive performances.
For much of his first season at Liverpool, where he made the most amount of appearances out of anyone after a £16m move from Sunderland, Kenny Dalglish played him many times out wide.
After his first season at Anfield and the change of management that occurred allowing Brendan Rodgers control in the Liverpool dugout, it seemed that Henderson’s opportunities would be limited, along with the signing of Joe Allen, it looked as if Henderson was on his way out of Anfield on a loan deal.
Henderson said after Liverpool's victory over Manchester United: “I speak to Brendan a lot. He tells me what I need to improve and helps me to do so. I think tactically is the biggest area where I’ve become better, I spend a lot of time looking back over our games and feel I’ve added more discipline and become tactically aware.”
His energy is probably his biggest attribute, his hunger and desire to close people down gives Liverpool that bit more control in a game, he’s willing to chase 30 yards if need be, whether it be the first minute or the last.
Last season, though underused by Rodgers in the early stages of the season, the confidence in him began to flow, goals were starting to come on a more regular basis, and with an excellent attitude he has filled in whether it be in the middle, out wide or further forward. The task given to him has time and again been carried out to a very good standard.
There is no doubt that when he gets the ball now, he is not as wasteful as he could’ve been accused of in his earlier days in a red shirt. There were times where he would see a killer pass and poorly execute it, whereas now he tries to just find a red shirt, or play a give and go, and if there is a large possibility of a killer ball coming off then execute it.
He’s certainly become more aware of those around him, and at this stage it would be mad to even think about dropping him, and to think his transfer fee was once heralded as wasteful spending by the club and compared to fees that were paid of Stewart Downing and Andy Carroll.
As each game goes by, Henderson’s transfer is looking more and more like good business. How times have changed.
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