Rodgers has helped Henderson improve, and the midfielder deserves credit himself

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The Liverpool midfielder is currently in the form of his life.

Liverpool midfielder Jordan Henderson has said that manager Brendan Rodgers has improved his game ever since he arrived at the club.

Henderson was brought in for £16m under Kenny Dalglish the season before the Northern Irishman took charge at Anfield.

The 23-year old has always been renowned for his energy and his ability to keep running from the first minute to the last but has received several plaudits from his manager and the wider footballing world for his improved technique and tactical awareness.

The midfielder has told the Liverpool website: "I think I've improved tactically and it's really helped channel my energy into the right direction.

"I've always been pretty fit and wanting to close and chase down, but I think you've got to pick your moments and the time to do that.

"It's no good just running all over the shop and being out of position, which maybe a few years ago, when I look back, I was probably doing that. That's just enthusiasm, energy and wanting to do the right things.

"The manager has really helped me to channel that and focus on certain things. It's really helped."

The improvement Henderson has made since he arrived has been staggering. He had an underwhelming debut against his old club Sunderland where he was substituted shortly after half-time, and he also had a disappointing time in the League Cup final in his first season with Reds.

For some players that would have been hard to come back from. But Henderson was showing signs of improvement despite, at times, being played out of position under Kenny Dalglish.

But all of that experience seems to have helped, and Brendan Rodgers seems to have helped him use that to become the footballer he is today – including his versatility.

The talent was always there, he showed that on the big occasion that season when he played on the left side in the FA Cup semi-final against Everton and when he was shifted inside in the subsequent final against Chelsea. He kept on improving the following season.

Now what Liverpool have is a more mature, more aware footballer. Rodgers deserves a lot of the credit, but Henderson’s efforts during his time at Anfield to become the player he is today must be applauded.

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