Five years on from signing for Liverpool - Jordan Henderson faces his biggest season yet

Liverpool Juergen Klopp celebrates with Jordan Henderson after the game

Henderson struggled in his first season, then established himself and became Liverpool captain, but injuries during the last season have raised questions and doubts over whether he can thrive for the Reds.

Jordan Henderson unveiled as Liverpool playerJordan Henderson unveiled as a Liverpool player

Five years ago, Liverpool announced their first signing of the summer, a fresh faced Jordan Henderson walked through the door at Anfield for £16 million from Sunderland. Little did people know then that he would go on to be captain of the Reds.

It's fair to say that his first season wasn't the best. He struggled for large parts as he was asked to play on the right hand side for much of the campaign - though he demonstrated his work ethic and desire by filling in several roles.

Jordan Henderson - Liverpool celebrates victory with trophyJordan Henderson - Liverpool celebrates victory with trophy

But his struggles were illustrated as some of his games were cut short - notably he struggled in the 2012 League Cup final against Cardiff City where he was substituted early in the second half. It might have been a good day for the side as they picked up silverware thanks to a penalty shootout win, but Henderson's display was a disappointment.

He notably had the opportunity to leave for Fulham the following the summer, but stayed to fight for his place and found himself in an important role in the Reds team. He started to add some goals to his game, and in the 2013/14 season he was one Liverpool's best creative players. Some point to his sending off against Manchester City in April of that season as one of the reasons the Reds narrowly missed out on the Premier League title. 

Liverpool's Jordan Henderson celebrates with manager Brendan Rodgers after he scores the second goalLiverpool's Jordan Henderson celebrates with Brendan Rodgers after he scoring

Henderson would emerge with some credit from a poor campaign for the Reds the following season as he filled in for Steven Gerrard on multiple occasions with the captain's armband. Some would say the way he faced down Diego Costa in a League Cup semi-final with Chelsea could be one of the reasons he succeeded the Reds legend in that role. 

The past season has been something of a struggle for Henderson. Injuries have not allowed him that much time to grow into the role as Liverpool captain, while some doubt whether he is the kind of midfielder that can comfortably operate in Jurgen Klopp's set-up. 

It's a huge season ahead for Henderson. He needs to get an injury free campaign under his belt and prove he can be the midfielder that should be an ever-present Klopp's side at the heart of the midfield for years to come. Right now, not a lot are convinced.

Only he can ensure that he becomes the player befitting of the role of Liverpool captain, and the next season needs to see him be confident in front of goal, change and influence games positively for his side. 

Liverpool Juergen Klopp celebrates with Jordan Henderson after the gameLiverpool Juergen Klopp celebrates with Jordan Henderson 

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