Henderson relishes Liverpool pressure and says he's matured

Liverpool FC - Seeing Is Believing - Jordan Henderson

Jordan Henderson has become vital part of the Liverpool team over the past two years.

Liverpool midfielder Jordan Henderson has said he has matured a lot during his time at Anfield since arriving at the club for £16 million from Sunderland in 2011.

Henderson went from something of a maligned figure amongst the fans, who even came close to leaving the club for Fulham, to becoming one of the more integral parts of the Liverpool team - and is now a regular in the England national side.

He told the club's website that he is relishing the pressure that has been put upon him and the rest of the side after their unexpected second-place finish last season, which led to qualification for the Champions League.

"Personally I feel as though I've been through a lot over the last few years. I feel as though I have matured a lot and I can deal with it in my own way. I can do more things.

"The more pressure, the more I like it. I think that will be the same for quite a lot of the lads as well."

Henderson's versatility has been a huge factor in his development over the years. He has played on the right flank, right wing-back and through the middle during his time at the club, whilst his energy and passing ability has improved year on year. 

Some have suggested that Henderson's absence for three games last season was a key factor in the Reds not being able to win the Premier League title. 

As much as he has improved, the 24-year-old believes the side have improved a lot in the past year. 

He added: "Everybody knows their role and their job really well and knows the systems and how they work. I think that's really important.

"We've come a long way since last year; we have improved in every area, really." 

Henderson's story has been very much like Liverpool's in recent years. It is staggering to think that both have come this far in such a short space of time.

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