The £20-million-pound flop is rebuilding his reputation, and with the World Cup coming up does he deserve a place?
In 2011, when Sunderland accepted a fee in the region of £20-million-pound for the promising midfielder it was a deal that was seen as good business by both clubs.
Already proven as a Premier League quality footballer, the two-times ‘Sunderland Young Player of the Year winner’ had already done enough to earn a place in the England side and was touted as the long-term replacement for Liverpool legend Stephen Gerrard. Sunderland chairman and former player Niall Quinn paid the highest respect to the player when he left, stating ‘’Jordan is a credit to himself, his family and Sunderland’s academy and everyone here wishes him the very best for the future’’
The start to his Liverpool career was over-whelmed with negativity as he, along with Andy Carroll and Stewart Downing were quickly branded ‘flops’ and it wasn’t just his reputation at Liverpool that was under scrutiny.he also earned a call-up to the England Euro 2012 squad, which was largely met with an apathetic attitude.
The past year has been kind to the young midfielder and his performances has seen him look more like the £20-million-pound player that Liverpool paid for.
Brendan Rodgers has been largely credited with the change of form and ability levels in Henderson, by changing the system he plays in. The England hopeful has played every minute of the season so far for Liverpool and the response has been positive to his performances.
But has he now proven himself good enough to play a part for the senior team?
There is no doubt that he has improved to a suitable level where he could play internationally and not look out of depth, and his utility style could be integral when selecting a squad but with the amount of talented midfielders can he oust those around him to book his flight on the plane.
The current batch of midfielders that were selected included; Steven Gerrard, Andros Townsend, Michael Carrick, Jack Wilshere, Frank Lampard, James Milner, Ross Barkley and Raheem Sterling.
It’s fair to say that he has legitimate grounds to be selected over Raheem Sterling, due to the player being above him in the pecking order at Anfield, the form of the player could be argued to be better than Milner and Wilshere, so could push them out for a place on the plane.
I like Jordan Henderson, I thought the hyperbole over his poor form was ridiculous; a young player shouldn’t be straddled with heavy expectation, which is what exactly what happened when he moved to Liverpool.
I hope he can keep up his form and go on to nail an England call up for Brazil.
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