Liverpool’s Jordan Henderson spilt the beans on the chat he had with Jurgen Klopp which has resulted in his more advanced midfield role in The Reds’ last two games.
Not many players have divided opinion among the LFC fanbase as Henderson has in recent years.
However, what most supporters can probably agree upon is the fact that since Klopp’s arrival, Henderson has been played out of his comfort zone in a defensive midfield role.
Starting last Friday with a fantastic substitute’s appearance at Southampton, Henderson has reminded us of just what he’s capable of in a more attacking position in midfield.
With Fabinho providing the safety blanket behind him, Henderson was also in impressive form in Liverpool’s 2-0 Champions League win over FC Porto on Tuesday night.
Speaking to Liverpoolfc.com, Henderson revealed how it all came about after a chat with Klopp.
“Me and the gaffer just had a conversation.
“Obviously he saw the England games. I felt good playing in that position. I felt more natural and it was something he said he would think about.
“I can do both positions and he sees I can do both. It’s basically what he wants and needs. I felt more comfortable and natural in that position for England, creating chances further up and doing what I enjoy doing. At the same time when I played No.6, I felt I’ve learned that position really well.
“I don’t think the manager had thought about it too much until I mentioned it to him… the manager might not have seen me in that position too much. It’s all about putting the team first, I know that, but at the same time, I want to contribute as much as I can. I feel as though I can do that more in a position further forward.
“In the last couple of years there hasn’t really been a player like Fabinho in that role, so I’ve had to adapt to that role. I think I’ve done quite well. I think if you look at Fab, it’s quite natural to him, that’s his position and he’s so good at what you need to do in that position.
“I just thought that might give me a bit more license to get forward more. The manager wants me in both positions, which is good for me and for the team.”
Tuesday night’s midfield of Fabinho, Henderson and Naby Keita had most Reds fans purring at the prospect of how that trio could help Liverpool over the final stretch this season.
With James Milner, Gini Wijnaldum, Adam Lallana and a returning Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, Klopp certainly has plenty of options in the centre of the park.
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