Zero key passes, no tackles: Where was Liverpool’s Jordan Henderson on Sunday?

Steven Gerrard, Jordan Henderson and Simon Mignolet

Liverpool’s Jordan Henderson was disappointing during his side’s abysmal 6-1 loss at Stoke City in the Premier League on Sunday.

Jordan Henderson was one of a number of players who put in their worst performance of the season as Liverpool’s campaign came to crashing halt with an astonishing 6-1 defeat at Stoke City.

The England international has in contrast been one of the Reds’ best players this season, stepping up in his vice-captain role and rivalling the Premier League’s top midfielders.

In Steven Gerrard’s absence, Henderson led the team to a number of impressive victories in spring and it looked for all the world that the Reds would pip Manchester United to the fourth spot in the Premier League table.

However, a poor end-of-season run saw the Merseysiders fall short, and Sunday’s wretched display represented a culmination of the current campaign’s biggest disappointments combined.

  Key PassesTacklesInterceptionsDefensive Duel WinnersDefensive Duels LostPass Success Rate %Mins Played
Jordan Henderson 0 0 0 2 3 79.4% 90

As per the table provided by Opta Stats, Henderson struggled to impose himself on the game, and arguably the most worrying argument is that he wasn’t even the visitors’ worst player.

Nonetheless, for a player of his stature it was a real shock that the former Sunderland star vastly underperformed, failing to complete a single tackle or interception.

Going forward, it was one of those days for Henderson as he completed just 79.4% of his intended passes and failed to create a single chance for his teammates.

Stoke raced into a five-goal lead at half time, prompting Rodgers to make a double substitution when deep down the Merseyside boss probably wished he could have changed the entire XI.

Henderson and his teammates improved after the break, but the damage had already been done and Peter Crouch’s late finish meant the visitors had suffered their worst league defeat in 52 years.

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