Don Hutchison on Liverpool’s Jordan Henderson

Jordan Henderson has been one of the best players for Liverpool in the Premier League so far this season.

Don Hutchison has admitted to Sky Sports that he has been taken aback by the progress of Liverpool midfielder Jordan Henderson over the past 18 months.

England international Henderson struggled in his first season at Liverpool in 2011-12, but he is now one of the best players in the team.

The 24-year-old has established himself as an all-round midfield force in Brendan Rodgers’s side and is one of the first names on the teamsheet.

In 27 Premier League appearances so far this season, the former Sunderland star has scored four goals and created 45 chances, while having a pass accuracy of 82% and winning 48% of the duels.

Former Liverpool and Sunderland midfielder Hutchison has admitted that he was not sure of Henderson when he moved to the Merseyside outfit in the summer of 2011.

“I needed convincing,” the 43-year-old told Sky Sports’ Fantasy Football Club on Friday. “When he went in there, I wasn’t sure if he had the identity to play for Liverpool.

“I wasn’t sure if he was box-to-box, played on the right-hand side, was not really a winger, didn’t get enough goals. All of a sudden, over the last 10 to 18 months he has turned into a technician.”

Henderson is not a technically gifted player, but his commitment and ability to adapt to Rodgers’s tactics has been hugely impressive.

As the following Opta Stats table shows, the midfielder has improved since his arrival at Liverpool from Sunderland in the summer of 2011.

  SeasonGoals/GameGoal Assist/GameKey Passes/GameTotal Shots/GameShots on Target/GameTotal Tackles/GameTotal Passes/GameTouches/GameAppearancesMins Played
Jordan Henderson 2012-2013 0.17 0.13 1.1 1.1 0.37 1.23 33 40.87 30 1,527
Jordan Henderson 2014-2015 0.15 0.26 1.7 1.3 0.33 2.41 58.74 75.7 27 2,355
Jordan Henderson 2013-2014 0.11 0.2 1.77 1.4 0.46 2.37 57.86 73.51 35 3,128
Jordan Henderson 2011-2012 0.05 0.03 0.86 1.08 0.38 1.38 40.32 52.3 37 2,663

Liverpool are currently fifth in the Premier League table with 51 points from 28 matches, just two points behind fourth-placed Manchester United.

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