Jordan Henderson: Silencing the Critics Against the Saints

Jordan Henderson: Silencing the Critics Against the Saints

Jordan Henderson. A name that instantly divides Liverpool fans. But it’s a name that will certainly be ringing out on the terraces for the coming days after his inspirational substitute appearance against Southampton.

The skipper is always a controversial topic of conversation but his performance at St Mary’s was one that showed what he is all about and what he brings to this Liverpool side that Jürgen Klopp values so highly.

Many will have raised their eyebrows (myself included) when Klopp opted to bring on both Milner and Henderson at the 60-minute mark, especially as the skipper was replacing Trent Alexander-Arnold, who had looked a real threat all evening.

But Henderson changed the game for Liverpool in dramatic fashion.

His tenacity, work rate and shrewd decisions on the ball gave the midfield an extra bit of cut and thrust that it had been lacking a little in order to get the decisive goals and seal all three points.

Much has been made of the impact that Fabinho has had on this Liverpool team since his arrival last summer, but against Southampton, the big number 3 probably had one of his worst games in a Liverpool shirt – which inadvertently highlighted Henderson’s impact on the game.

There were times where Fabinho was skipped past too easily by Southampton’s midfield and he was culpable for not tracking back the runners which led to Shane Long’s opener.

Yet Henderson provided the dynamism that many thought Fabinho would exert onto proceedings, and unlike the Brazilian, his use of the ball was far more economical on a night where Fabinho struggled to find his range.

This is not me suggesting that Fabinho is poor and Henderson is superior, as they’re both wonderful players. But, what it does do is highlight that sometimes bringing in someone from outside of the horribly named ‘Brexit midfield’ is not always the answer as the victory on the south coast proved.

It was also Henderson’s header that set off Mohamed Salah on his blistering run that resulted in his 50th Premier League goal that made it 1-2 on the night, and then, of course, there was Henderson’s goal itself.

He tore up the pitch late on to smash home a Roberto Firmino cross and the celebration itself told a story.

The captain wheeled away in front of the Liverpool fans holding his hands to his ears as if to ask the haters where their jeers and criticisms were in that moment before he was mobbed in pure passion by his teammates.

You could sense just how much it meant to him in that moment, and it provides him with the most tangible evidence to silence his critics of late, who never seem to go away but do not deserve the column space this week.

It was a captain’s performance from a man whose attitude never waivers, whose passion never dies and whose commitment is always evident. He gets so much more criticism than any Liverpool player I can recollect, but it’s so unwarranted.

This is the man that Jürgen Klopp wants as his leader and a man who he trusts. We all trust Klopp, so why don’t we trust Henderson?

He brings so much to this team and yes, in some games we may need to turn to other players to make the difference, but Henderson’s role in this squad is a vital one and I for one am thrilled for him that he put in such an impactful performance against the Saints.

It was almost Gerrard-esque the way he grabbed the game by the scruff of the net and changed Liverpool’s fortunes, don’t you think?

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4 responses to “Jordan Henderson: Silencing the Critics Against the Saints”

  1. Boom says:

    Henderson plays better when he is angry… Fabinho plays better when he has some protection… The problem Vs Southampton was not fabinho fault… Matip and Arnold were too jittery on the ball.. Nearly all their attacks came down that side .Fabinho has to start every game.. He wins double the amount of any other lfc midfielder.. Just play who ever plays best in training beside him.

  2. Rajendranath nundramdoss says:

    Henderson is the best midfield player for liverpool .he is capable of doing miracle on the pitch despite several blind spectators criticism.if hendo starts shooting balls towards goals he can score much more goals than gerard.a fan frm maurituis

  3. Red Panther says:

    Sadly watching the media and Mr. Klopp brainwash the public about Jordan Henderson and his abilities. Fabinho had one less than stellar game Henderson had a 20-30 minute game and all of a sudden he’s this great player and leader?
    He is still the least inspirational and or productive captain in the EPL bar NONE!!!!!! To say he was Gerrard like was esque was nothing more than another laughable smoke screen. The real turning point was Milly replacing TAA who has been receiving raving reviews for avaerage performances. Stop bs’ing the public with all this rhetoric about a Max 30 minute period!!! This is also a game where VvD wasn’t at his best and also a game where Naby showed some confidence after it being stripped by the manager. Yes by him because Naby’s first two games he was arguably motm then sat for no reason. Don’t play the public for fools regarding Henderson he’s still nothing more than a squad player. VvD should be the captain hands down our most inspirational and best leader

  4. satyromaniaman says:

    Finally Henderson proved all the critics wrong!!

    Finally we can have Henderson come off the bench and not play in DM!!!
    FInally we can see Henderson score a goal when he comes off the bench and plays RM instead of DM.

    More of Henderson on the bench and playing RM plsssss!!!!

    Finally it is proven that Henderson is better used from the bench and on the right!!!!

    Finally the critics are silenced and will play Fabinho in DM from now onwards until he needs his rest.

    Thank GOD for finally proving critics wrong!!! PLs Henderson, more of this from the bench and on the right PLSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSS.
    NO MORE STARTS in DM. Leave Fabinho to do his work there.

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Published by Anfield Index
Updated: 2019-04-07 10:07:15
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