'I've enjoyed the form of Jordan Henderson because he's a young man who has taken a lot of stick but has worked hard and had to prove every day in training that he's capable of playing this Liverpool side,' said former Reds midfielder Jamie Redknapp of coming-of-age Liverpool star Henderson, 23-years-old, to Sky Sports.
Despite current manager Brendan Rodgers' reputation as a nurturer of young talent, Henderson was not one of the Ulsterman's signings as he was instead acquired from Sunderland by previous incumbent Kenny Dalglish, however, the change in manager at first appeared to threaten the player's status at Anfield but, this season more than any other, he has made himself indispensable to the first XI, not just the squad.
'Sometimes as a player you have to force your way into the reckoning and show the manager what you're capable of,' Redknapp continued.
'It takes time because people have pre-conceived ideas about you and first impressions last. I'm sure Rodgers thought 'he runs around, he's a good athlete but has he got enough guile in his game?' Well, he's proved he has. He's scoring goals, he's making goals and I'm really pleased for him. When I speak to Steven Gerrard he says he's a fantastic trainer and he deserves all the success he's getting at the moment.'
A former central player at Anfield himself, Redknapp compared Henderson's breakout to be comparable to Aaron Ramsey at Arsenal.
'Like Ramsey, Henderson has knuckled down and come to the fore this season.'
However, when it comes to their comparable traits, who is bettering the other?
|Player||Club||Touch /Apps||Total Pass||Accurate Pass||Total Chances||Assist||Goals||Apps||Mins|
When it comes to average touches on the ball per game, total pass and accurate passes each match, Ramsey is on top every time. He has also scored more goals and provided the same amount of assists. Henderson, though, has almost doubled Ramsey's haul of chances created, however, he has done so having played almost 1,000 more minutes of Premier League football due to the Welshman's injuries.
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