Jordan Henderson was substituted in the second half as Liverpool beat Tottenham Hotspur at Anfield.
Ryan Mason has stated that it is ‘wrong’ for a Liverpool supporter to call Jordan Henderson a ‘top Championship player’ following the Reds’ 2-1 win over Tottenham on Sunday.
Jurgen Klopp’s side reclaimed top spot in the Premier League table by beating top-four-chasing Spurs on home soil, with Mo Salah contributing to a 90th-minute winning goal.
England international Henderson started in the middle of the park for Klopp’s side, who substituted him in the secnd half in order to bring on his more attacking players.
Speaking on the Final Word on talkSPORT (31/03/2019 at 6:55 pm), a Liverpool fan was critical of Henderson by labelling him Championship standard with Mason issuing this defence of the player.
“Henderson’s job isn’t to create,” Mason told The Final Word. “He’s in this Liverpool team to be tactically aware and be in the right place at the right time, to break up play and give it to a player that can create.
“Sometimes he has two other defensive-minded midfield players beside him so people start pointing the finger at Henderson. To say, ‘he’s a top Championship player’ in my eyes is wrong.
“I have played against him. I think visually he doesn’t look that great because technically he’s not that pleasing on the eye. But he’s good at his job, he knows his job and he knows his limits. You don’t play for Liverpool and start every week if you’re not a top player. I just think he gets unfair criticism. I would love to have played beside Henderson.”
Henderson has been a key player for Liverpool over the years and his leadership abilities are going to come into focus as his team chase a Premier League title.
They are two points clear of rivals Manchester City, who can go back to the top of the table if they win their game in hand against Cardiff on Wednesday.
Either way, Klopp and his players will be well aware that they have to concentrate on themselves if they are to get over the line and become champions of England.
On Friday night, they will travel to relegation-threatened Southampton knowing dropped points at this stage of the season will prove to be extremely costly.