Following Liverpool’s 5-1 thrashing of Arsenal on Sunday, Reds’ boss Brendan Rodgers pictured the three midfielders battling on the pitch facing Italy in Manaus this June.
Reporting in the Daily Mail, Rodgers paid tribute to his stars and called Jack Wilshire ‘a wonderful player’ as he talked up their England chances this summer.
He said: ‘For me, you had the three England (midfield) players on the pitch,’
“Stevie (Gerrard) playmaking from behind then two attacking players who can run, get forward and get into the box and can press.”
“(Jack) Wilshere is a wonderful player. He is probably not to his (best) fitness level yet but he is a big talent, naturally gifted and can play either side and between lines.”
“Jordan Henderson, tactically, is improving so much and Stevie is in the zone just behind. It would be hard to pick a better three than that.”
Jordan Henderson was once described by Steve Bruce as the best talent in the country after some dazzling midfield displays during their spell together at Sunderland.
Following the 23-year-old’s reported £16m transfer to Merseyside in 2011, he quickly became a scapegoat for the Reds and a laughing stock for fellow rivals – as a result of his hefty transfer fee.
Sir Alex Ferguson also joined the critics, believing his running style may cause him problems when he is older – much to the amusement of the Manchester United supporters.
Brendan Rodgers’ arrival at Liverpool has coincided with Henderson’s huge improvement as a player. So far this campaign, Henderson has notched up an incredible 47 key passes – more than Brazilian playmaker Coutinho.
The performances have impressed Rodgers, who has confidence that Liverpool’s former scapegoat is now ready to make his mark on the national team:
‘You see now the performances we are getting from the young players and Jordan is taking that mantra on as well as anyone. He has got everything physically. He has stature as a player and even in the last minute was pressing.”
“I have been mightily impressed with his tactical idea of the game and now he looks like he is ready to play for England for many years.”
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