Wednesday, September 23, 2020

An Ode To Jordan Henderson

Liverpool are Premier League Champions. A 4-0 win against Crystal Palace on Wednesday night along with Manchester City’s 2-1 loss to Chelsea last night, means Liverpool are Champions of England for the first time in 30 years.

The player that will be lifting the trophy will be captain Jordan Henderson.

The Sunderland native has been a Liverpool player since his transfer from his boyhood club in the summer of 2011.

Jordan Henderson during his first day at Liverpool in 2011.

He initially struggled but has now added a Premier League medal to his list of honours which include a Champions League. Super Cup and Club World Cup.

He has gone from almost being sold to Fulham in 2012 to now being one of the favourites for the PFA Player Of The Year award and becoming one of Liverpool’s most successful captains of the Premier League era.

Jordan Henderson lifting the Club World Cup.

How has Jordan Henderson transformed his Liverpool Career?

Jordan Henderson was signed for £20 million by Kenny Dalglish but was largely played as a right midfielder during his first season at the club.

Liverpool’s Valencia’s during the pre-season friendly at Anfield, Liverpool. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Saturday August 6, 2011 Photo credit should read: Dave Thompson/PA Wire

Dalglish left Liverpool after Hendersons first season and was replaced with Brendan Rodgers, who had impressed in his first season as a Premier League manager with Swansea.

Jordan Henderson was told by Rodgers that he could leave for Fulham, with the new Liverpool manager wanting Clint Dempsey.

The Dempsey move didnt fall through with Henderson reportedly keen to fight for his place.

Jordan Henderson got some more game time and it was the 2013-14 season under Rodgers where Henderson truly showed his potential.

In a season where the Reds narrowly missed out on a title, Henderson was sent off towards the end of the 3-2 win over Manchester City. He subsequently missed the 2-0 to Chelsea and the 3-3 draw against Crystal Palace.

Henderson after his tackle which caused his red card.

It shows how important he was to the team as fans were citing Henderson’s absence as the reason for those results.

Jordan Henderson has gone from strength to strength, eventually becoming Liverpool captain after the departure of club legend Steven Gerrard at the end of the 2014-15 season.

He has been captain ever since.

There was a period where Henderson was not starting every game under Jurgen Klopp but this past year and a half, he has cemented himself as one of the first names on the team sheet.

Jordan Henderson, 30, does alot of unnoticed work on the pitch and it appears that this is now getting noticed. Henderson is seen as a PFA Player of the Year nominee and one of the bookies favourites for BBC Sports Personality Of The Year.

Jordan Henderson (14) of Liverpool during the Premier League match between Norwich City and Liverpool at Carrow Road, Norwich on Saturday 15th February 2020. (Photo by Jon Hobley/MI News/NurPhoto)

Jordan Henderson is a leader off and on the pitch. His determination to succeed and ability to never give up is one to admire.

The emotion of winning the league last night was clear to see in his interview with Sky and we all saw the emotion he showed during the Champions League triumph in the 2019 final. The club clearly means alot to him and he is slowly becoming a club legend.

Jordan Henderson and Jurgen Klopp celebrating their Champions League triumph.

You could do alot worse than Jordan Henderson.

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