Gary Neville comments on Jordan Henderson's role at Liverpool

Jordan Henderson of Liverpool applauds the fans at the end of the UEFA Champions League Quarter Final first leg match between Liverpool and Porto at Anfield on April 9, 2019 in Liverpool,...

Jordan Henderson has been outstanding in Liverpool's midfield in recent weeks.

Jordan Henderson of Liverpool applauds the fans at the end of the UEFA Champions League Quarter Final first leg match between Liverpool and Porto at Anfield on April 9, 2019 in Liverpool,...

Gary Neville has told Monday Night Football (broadcast on Sky Sports; 15/4 from 19:00) that he never understood why Jordan Henderson was deployed in a holding role for Liverpool, and insisted that he is one of the best in the country in the number eight position.

Henderson is establishing himself as one of the key men in Jurgen Klopp's side's Premier League title push having shone in that more advanced role in the middle of the park.

 

The 28-year-old has contributed three assists in his last five appearances for club and country, including the delicious cross for Sadio Mane's goal in the 2-0 win against Chelsea at the weekend. He also scored himself in the 3-1 win at Southampton earlier in the month.

And after the win over the Blues put Liverpool back in pole position for the title, Neville suggested that he was delighted to see Klopp is now using Henderson in what he considers to be his best position by some distance.

Jordan Henderson of Liverpool gestures during the Premier League match between Southampton FC and Liverpool FC at St Mary's Stadium on April 05, 2019 in Southampton, United Kingdom.

"I said this for two or three years, why is he playing deeper? Why is Jordan Henderson going and getting the ball off his back four. I don't get it. I've never got it having worked with him, having watched him, like him. I've never got it," he told Monday Night Football.

"So this conversation that he had with Jurgen Klopp where he said, 'I want to play further forward again', it's sort of like Hallelujah. 

Jordan Henderson of Liverpool celebrates after scoring his team's third goal during the Premier League match between Southampton FC and Liverpool FC at St Mary's Stadium on April 05, 2019...

"I think he's one of the very best that we have in this country at backing up play, sniffing out the second ball, making sure he's in and around the area where it matters."

Liverpool take on Porto on Wednesday looking to capitalise on their 2-0 win in the first-leg to book their spot in the semi-final of the Champions League, while they also have a fantastic chance to keep the pressure on Manchester City, with Cardiff City and Huddersfield Town ahead in their next two league games. 

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