Liverpool midfielder Jordan Henderson has suggested that Brendan Rodgers is the main reason for his revitalised form after a rocky start to life at the club..
Henderson is one of Brendan Rodgers’ most important first team stars and arguably the most versatile player currently at Anfield.
However, he was initially criticised following his move from Sunderland where he carried the weight of a £20 million price tag.
“It is a huge honour to be vice-captain, and a huge honour to be given the extra responsibility by the gaffer. I didn’t have to think too hard about it – it was an amazing feeling. I think it shows how much I have progressed,” he told the Mirror.
“He promised that he would improve me and I have got a lot to thank him for because I feel he has done that tactically. Definitely.”
Henderson has always been a popular player with Liverpool fans because he embodies qualities which are rare in the modern game; hard work, honesty and remarkable consistency over a long period of time.
He has previously been warned by officials at the club that he’s in danger of overtraining at Melwood because he’s so eager to improve and maintain those qualities.
However, he was told at one point in his Anfield career that he was free to find another club and has paid tribute to Rodgers for helping him understand how to be a more effective player tactically.
“That was a big thing when he came in. He said I needed to improve my tactical awareness, how it needed to be better in games. I think it has improved, but I try and improve every single day in training. I watch every game back to see what I can do better and the manager helps me with it.”
Henderson has the ability to play multiple roles in Liverpool’s midfield, which gets him into the side on a frequent basis.
He’s effective from the right hand side of a diamond, he’s good enough to protect the defence and he’s got enough in terms of pace and power to push forward and slot in as a number ten when Rodgers needs him to.
Long may his form continue.