Has Henderson improved since being made vice-captain at Liverpool?

Liverpool FC - Seeing Is Believing - Jordan Henderson

We compare Jordan Henderson's performances from before and after he was made vice-captain.

Jordan Henderson's transformation at Liverpool has been one of the most remarkable turnarounds any player has managed in recent times.

Henderson was widely regarded as a player far short of the quality required to represent Liverpool during his initial time at the club, but he has flourished since and now plays a vital function for the side.

The England international's importance to the team was highlighted back in September, when he was appointed as vice-captain by Brendan Rodgers.

The announcement was greeted with widespread agreement from Liverpool supporters and it seems that Henderson has been identified as the man who can takeover from Steven Gerrard and wear the armband after he retires. 

It is a considerable amount of pressure on someone so young and it appears that Rodgers' decision to place him as second in command is a role which he is still adapting to.

Henderson before being made vice-captain

  PositionTeamKey Passes per gameTotal Passes per gamePassing AccuracyInterceptions per gameTackles per gameShots per gameAppearancesMins Played
Jordan Henderson MF Liverpool 1.25 68.75 88% 2 3 1 4 360

Henderson has been more incisive with his passing since being made vice-captain, suggesting he is trying to have more impact on games, but he has suffered in other areas.

Henderson after being made vice-captain

  PositionTeamKey Passes per gameTotal Passes per gamePassing AccuracyInterceptions per gameTackles per gameShots per gameAppearancesMins Played
Jordan Henderson MF Liverpool 2.6 44.8 84.8% 1 3 0.8 5 375

His passing accuracy has considerably decreased since being given increased responsibility, whilst he is also making a significant amount fewer passes in total. 

Defensively, he also has not been able to break up as many attacks through interceptions, although his tackling remains on a similar level.

It shows that Henderson still has room to improve if he is to live up to the expectations of wearing the armband when it does get passed on to him.

At the moment he is not quite at the top of his game but, as he adjusts to his new role in the team, the hope will be that the potential to wear the armband will be something which can inspire rather than hinder him.

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