Stats: Three years since Jordan Henderson signed for Liverpool, how his stock has risen

Henderson Liverpool

Once a maligned figure, now a cult hero.

Three years ago, Liverpool signed midfielder Jordan Henderson from Sunderland for an eye-opening fee of £16 million.

Some questioned whether Liverpool had overpaid for him given his age and that he wasn’t proven at the top level, and during his three years on Merseyside he has had a fair few challenges.

His debut came against Sunderland in a 1-1 draw on the opening day of the 2011/12 season at Anfield, and manager Kenny Dalglish deployed him on the right side of midfield.

Henderson didn’t set the world alight, nor did he really look at home as he was substituted in the early stages of the second half. It was to be the story of much of his season as he was played in a variety of positions.

He showed signs of being able to press his opponent but never really looked comfortable on the flank, when he tucked inside he showed some flashes of quality. His display in the League quarter-final against Chelsea was one of the best in his opening season on a day where he showed a lot of technical ability and maturity. 

There were lows, he put in a disappointing performance in the League Cup final against Cardiff City, but in many ways the first season was the making of him, if he wasn't so prolific.

  TeamPosAppsGoalsGoal AssistBig Chance CreatedDuel WonInterception WonBall RecoveryMins
Jordan Henderson Liverpool MF 37 2 1 3 85 35 161 2,663

The second season was a little more productive for Henderson under Brendan Rodgers, especially as Liverpool started to click in the second half of the season. But there were reports that he could have been used in a swap deal for Fulham's Clint Dempsey as Rodgers looked to strengthen his attacking options.

But as the season he went on, he became more of a regular in the Liverpool side, adding goals to his game and on the whole playing in a more central area compared to his first season at Anfield. As his performances continued to impress, and the standard of his play improved, it seemed as Henderson was a player that Rodgers couldn't afford to leave out of his side.

  TeamPosAppsGoalsGoal AssistBig Chance CreatedDuel WonInterception WonBall RecoveryMins
Jordan Henderson Liverpool MF 30 5 4 6 62 26 107 1,527

Now the most recent season, where it seems as though his form has put him right in contention to start England's World Cup opener against Italy on Saturday. During the most recent campaign he has shown why he is one of the first names on the team sheet. He's filled in several positions whilst key players have been sidelined, contributed a couple of important goals as well as providing many more assists. In many ways, one could say his first season benefited him in his third campaign.

People will talk endlessly about the ground he covers and the influence he has on the field, but what was striking was just how much Liverpool missed him after his sending off in the crucial game with Manchester City in April, as the Reds' momentum towards the Premier League title started to stutter, with the Reds ultimately finishing in second place - two points behind Manchester City.

  TeamPosAppsGoalsGoal AssistBig Chance CreatedDuel WonInterception WonBall RecoveryMins
Jordan Henderson Liverpool MF 35 4 7 7 146 34 197 3,128

Maybe the numbers don't speak for themselves, but it shows that Henderson has significantly improved from when his first season at Anfield. Some were asking if the money spent on the midfielder was wasted. Now, the talk of that transfer fee seems to have the term 'bargain' not so far away from it.

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