Jordan Henderson was undervalued and at the same time underrated. However, tables turned from an “expensive flop” to Liverpool captain and now the Premier League champion.
Jordan Henderson has faced rough times during his football career. From the days of being told he couldn’t run properly and someone the Reds wanted to use as a makeweight in a deal to sign Clint Dempsey from Fulham in 2012.
However, despite the “rough road”, Henderson acquired numerous titles to his name. The Football Writers’ Footballer of the Year and a contender for the Professional Footballers’ Association Player of the year. Over the past two seasons, Henderson has also been a European and Premier League champion.
Henderson’s Growing Influence
Before the £20m move to Anfield in 2011, Henderson had made 71 Premier League appearances for his hometown club Sunderland. Unfortunately, he was almost rejected by the Black Cats who had doubts over his best position and about his size.
However, since his arrival in Liverpool, the 30-year old midfielder has arguably elevated his game year after year. Stories of wanting to share his Football Writer’s award with his team-mates and his note and gift to the departing Dejan Lovren underline Henderson’s status.
His work also went beyond football during UK’s lockdown. He was instrumental in contacting fellow Premier League captains to organize a coronavirus fund to raise money for the NHS.
“I actually went up against him when he made his first start for Sunderland in 2008. He was a right midfielder then and his dad came up to me after the game and said, ‘it’s my lad’s debut, is there any chance of getting you my shirt as a keepsake”. Added Warnock.
“Little did I know what he would go on to in his career and be the great Liverpool captain that he has become. AS a central midfielder, you see a completely different player. It suits his game. But it’s more than just a change of position. He has grown into the captain’s role and realized he carries a little bit of weight”.
“He has earned his place as one of the great Liverpool captains for everything he has done and the way he has done it. He was the captain who lifted the Premier League trophy at the end of that wait. But he has given far more than that. If you look at everything he has done, he has been phenomenal”.