Dalglish: Why Jordan Henderson is the ideal captain to lead Liverpool

Steven Gerrard, Jordan Henderson and Simon Mignolet

Kenny Dalglish has been talking up Liverpool’s stand-in captain Jordan Henderson.

Liverpool legend Kenny Dalglish wrote in his blog for the Mirror that stand-in skipper Jordan Henderson is an example to any young footballer and the ideal captain to lead the Reds.

It was the former player and boss who brought Henderson to Merseyside, signing him as a 19-year-old from fellow Premier League side Sunderland.

Many questioned the deal and the price paid for the England international during his debut campaign at Anfield, but Henderson is now earning widespread acclaim for a number of inspirational displays.

Currently standing in for injured skipper Steven Gerrard, the 24-year-old has been at the top of his game and Dalglish believes he has all the tools necessary to lead the Anfield outfit for the foreseeable future.

“He handles himself fantastically well. He is very settled in his private life and his football has matured alongside him. His determination to be a footballer always stood out,” Dalglish wrote in the Mirror.

“Everybody sees the glamour side of being a footballer but not the other side - the sacrifices, dedication and determination that you have to make and have alongside that ability.”

“How many people have you seen with far more ability than some but they lose their way and don’t make it?”

“But he had the sole thought in this mind that he was going to be a player. He didn’t spit his dummy out when there was something said about him that was not complimentary. He would just work even harder.”

“And if something complimentary was said, he never got carried away with it. He is very level either way and a fantastic example to anybody.”

  GoalsShotsAssistsTouchesAccurate PassesTacklesInterceptionsBall RecoveryAppearances
Jordan Henderson 2 6 1 242 164 3 3 16 3

Since taking over the captain’s armband, Henderson has presided over three victories from as many matches and a surge up the table and into fifth spot.

From an individual perspective, as per the table provided by Opts Statsthe midfielder has been in super form – scoring twice, claiming one assist and racking up as many as 16 ball recoveries.

He has come a long way since observers and fans alike lumped him alongside Andy Carroll and Stewart Downing and mocked the price paid for the trio.

The Reds have certainly made a number of transfer gaffes over the past ten years or so, but Henderson, in contrast, is one of the Anfield outfit’s better purchases.

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