Why Tottenham must pay very close attention to Jordan Henderson

Liverpool have a player who thrives against Tottenham Hotspur...so could he score against them yet again?

Liverpool welcome Tottenham Hotspur to Anfield this evening in a match that could have it all.

Both sides have goal-scorers and creators who have impressed in recent times, while their defences have both seen marked improvements since their worrying beginnings back in August.

The headline names are obvious – Liverpool have Daniel Sturridge and Philippe Coutinho while Tottenham are blessed with Harry Kane and Christian Eriksen. But there is another player who Spurs will want to pay very close attention to.

Jordan Henderson is having a wonderful season in terms of assists – 10 and counting – but three goals in 35 appearances is not a record to set an opponents’ heart racing.

Except in this case, Henderson’s average should be ignored in favour of what he is making a habit of doing against Tottenham.

  VsGoalsGoal AssistAppearances
Jordan Henderson Tottenham 2 2 3

Two goals in his last three appearances in this fixture – along with two assists – mean Henderson is a key player and one Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino will have paid very close attention to in the build-up.

Earlier this season Liverpool ran out 3-0 winners in the reverse fixture, with Henderson setting up one of the strikes, but he will not want to go a whole season without getting what is becoming a regular goal against a side still buzzing from their outstanding success in the North London derby.

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