There are always players among the England national team that seem to divide opinion. Right now, Jordan Henderson appears to be that player. The Liverpool captain is continuously criticised for his performances by fans of both England and Liverpool.
The main criticism is that Henderson is too negative. He is always looking to play the ball backwards or sideways and never forward. Henderson is limited in ability, negative in style and a waste of a shirt number. That is often the criticism.
Others completely disagree. Henderson is the pendulum of the Liverpool and England team. He sets a tempo from midfield and is always available as an out ball. He does play forward passes, often in behind defences to test them and move territory into the opposition third.
These are the fans who believe Henderson has come on leaps and bounds under Jurgen Klopp’s tutelage at Liverpool.
Based on his form so far at the World Cup, those people are right. Henderson was brilliant against Tunisia in the opening game. He was even better today, as England swept aside Panama 6-1.
Henderson put in a fantastic display for 90 minutes, covering more ground than any other player in sizzling heat. He was often positive in his passing and showed his natural leadership qualities, even if Harry Kane wears the armband.
But once again, fans are divided. It seems Henderson may always be ‘that’ player for England. The easy one to blame, the scapegoat.
Unless he can carry on his excellent form and bring ‘it’ home. Then fans will have to love the Liverpool star…
Henderson goes through the same personnel attack be it with @England or even at @LFC. His work rate and leadership quality is underrated by half of the fans, thankfully not by Klopp. Lets hope @England does well in the cup with Kane as a captain??cheers!!
— Ravz (@Ravzzy) June 24, 2018
Coming out of an LFC fan .. don’t mix club with country. Kane has been brilliant. Henderson can be replaced but HARRY KANE CANNOT be. This even Southgate knew. https://t.co/5DteIRPXMa
— Gautam Beri (@GautiBeri) June 24, 2018
He is shocking and im a liverpool supporter. No wonder his pass success is so high he barely passes it forward slows down play boring to watch always gives the ball to someone else to do the work. Is everyone blind? No creativity at all
— James bradbury (@Jameswb247) June 24, 2018
— LFC News & Transfers (@lfclimitless) June 24, 2018
— James Pearce (@JamesPearceEcho) June 24, 2018
Another top drawer performance from Jordan Henderson.
Opening the eyes of many supporters, included #LFC one’s.
— SM7 #LFC (@essinem7) June 24, 2018
For some reason it’s considered cool to be critical of and not rate Jordan Henderson as a player. He’s never claimed to be a gerrard/lampard/scholes and it’s unfair to compare him to those three. He is his own player and a damn good one at that. Having a great #WorldCup too. #lfc
— Armchair Pundit (@PunditArmchair) June 24, 2018
Players like Henderson are vital in a team, they keep things simple, maintain possession, make the occasional key pass. Without a player like this a team cannot be excellent. It takes something unique in a player to embrace the role knowing less informed fans think you’re useless
— General (@SilverDeGeneral) June 24, 2018
— Fabinho ? (@MadMax_SA) June 24, 2018
No one is giving Henderson abuse or making him the scapegoat. Something isnt right?
— Ross Barnett (@RossBarnettLFC) June 24, 2018
— Joe (@joewklfc) June 24, 2018
There are Liverpool fans who still dont rate Henderson and hope we sell him ?.
— LFCKoptalker (@LFC_Koptalker) June 24, 2018