Jordan Henderson struggled during the early part of his Liverpool career, but he has come on leaps and bounds during these last few years.
Charlie Adam has drawn similarities between his early years at Liverpool and that of the now thriving Jordan Henderson as he thinks that they both played it ‘too safe’ when they initially moved to Anfield.
Both players moved to Merseyside during the same transfer window – 2011 summer window – Adam moved from Blackpool, whilst Henderson made a £20 million switch from Sunderland [BBC Sport].
At the time of signing, Henderson was five years younger than 25-year-old Adam, as the Englishman did get stick for his performances initially.
Speaking to The Big Interview with Graham Hunter, Adam stated that he was a little nervous when he first walked into the Anfield dressing room, as he thinks Henderson was the same, but he did applaud him for now becoming a ‘proper leader’.
“When I first went into the dressing room [at Liverpool], I was nervous going in there,” Adam told The Big Interview. “You’re thinking about every pass that you make. When you go [into the dressing room], you’re thinking [what Carragher and Gerrard might think] ‘Is he good enough for Liverpool?’ ‘Have I made the right pass?’.
“You sort of go in there a little bit tentative. I think Jordan [Henderson] was the same. He maybe went in too safe. He’s grown into being a proper leader and a top player. He was a few years younger than me, so we were probably going in the same way and playing safe and probably [not playing the way] that got us there.”
As mentioned above, Henderson has since taken his game to another level as he is now a key member of Liverpool’s midfield.
When the England international initially joined, he had Steve Gerrard playing alongside him in the middle of the park, and it was seemingly difficult for him to produce the levels of performances that were expected of him.
But there’s no doubt that he learnt a lot from that experience, and if he can guide Liverpool to the Premier League title then he will be regarded as one of the club’s greatest ever midfield players, that’s if he isn’t already.
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