EPL 2016/17: Graeme Souness says Jordan Henderson is an indispensable player for Liverpool
Liverpool legend Graeme Souness thinks that club captain Jordan Henderson is a key figure in the current Liverpool team. The Reds have shown great confidence this season and have played some brilliant football.
Henderson has started all of Liverpool’s 10 games in the Premier League this season and the 26-year-old’s performances have been exceptional. Graeme Souness, who won numerous trophies with Liverpool in the 80’s including 5 league titles, has taken notice of Henderson’s contribution to the Liverpool side this campaign.
“He is not a silky player, but every team needs someone like Jordan Henderson,” Souness told Talksport.
“He puts the ball under pressure at every opportunity, he has great athleticism, he looks to have a great attitude. He gets to the ball, he makes people make passes they don’t want to make. He is very important to that team, important in a less obvious way than Coutinho.”
The 26-year-old is the engine of the present Liverpool side and has chipped in with a goal and two assists to his name this campaign.
Henderson, who arrived at Anfield for £20 million in the 2011 summer transfer window, didn't have the best of starts to his Liverpool career. He was criticised a lot during his first few seasons at Merseyside and his price tag didn’t do him any favours either.
The former Sunderland player started finding his feet at Anfield during Liverpool’s incredible 2013-14 season which saw them narrowly miss out on the Premier League title. He was appointed as captain of Liverpool in 2015 following club legend Steven Gerrard’s departure and the England international has shown that he possesses mental strength to handle the pressure of captaining the Reds.
The charismatic German, Jurgen Klopp has breathed new life into Liverpool after his arrival and the Merseyside club are currently third in the Premier League table behind Manchester City and Arsenal only on goal difference.
Liverpool are playing some eye-catching football, scoring 24 goals in the league so far this season with players like Philippe Coutinho, Roberto Firmino and Sadio Mane making the team exciting to watch going forward.
But the team have shown that they are vulnerable at the back as was obvious in their 2-0 defeat at Burnley and the 4-2 win at Crystal Palace, and this the only aspect casts a large shadow over the Reds’ title credentials.
However, a top four finish looks more than possible for Jurgen Klopp's men. Liverpool face Watford at home in the next round of fixtures in the Premier League.
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