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
Three reasons Danny Ward’s Leicester City move makes perfect sense
The Welshman looks set to move to the King Power.
The transfer makes sense for both parties, after Liverpool added goalkeeping talent that would have restricted Ward’s opportunities even more.
Here are three reasons why the switch is a smart one for the Welshman.
Alisson’s arrival extinguished Ward’s Liverpool hopes
Liverpool completed the signing of Roma goalkeeper Alisson after a prolonged transfer saga, which pushed Ward even further down the pecking order at Anfield.
Since joining in 2012, the Welsh international has made a grand total of three first team appearances for the Reds. The lack of minutes meant it was time for Ward to move on, and the addition of one of the best goalkeepers in the world confirmed that decision.
Ward will enjoy increased playing time
In Percy’s tweet announcing the deal between the two clubs, he claimed Ward was being brought in to compete with Kasper Schmeichel, not to be a replacement.
Nevertheless, if Schmeichel stays Ward would still have the opportunity to play consistent football in cup competitions, which is much more than he enjoyed at Anfield.
The Welsh number one spot could soon be his
With a smart move to the King Power Stadium, Ward could possibly claim the Leicester number one role. And with positive performances, he could add to his four Wales caps and make a case to become the Welsh number one.
At only 25 years of age, he has plenty of time to ignite his international career, and at the perfect time due to the expanded Euro and World Cup fields.
How Liverpool fans reacted to signing of Roma’s Alisson Becker
Liverpool have been in the market for a goalkeeper throughout this transfer window.
Premier League giants Liverpool made a real statement of intent on Thursday evening when they completed the signing of Brazilian goalkeeper Alisson Becker who arrives at Anfield from Roma.
The Daily Mail confirmed the £65 million deal late last night and it is a move that is sure to send a message to the rest of the top flight with the Reds seemingly meaning business when it comes to challenging for the title next season.
It has been a well courted situation that boss Jurgen Klopp has been in the market for a new custodian following high profile errors by current stoppers Simon Mignolet and Loris Karius during last season.
The German boss has finally got his man and the real pressure is now on the Reds’ boss who, following a glut of new arrivals, is now under pressure to deliver some much needed silverware to the football club.
The Brazilian number one kept 17 clean sheets for the Serie A outfit last term and was an instrumental part of Roma’s team that reached the semi-final of the Champions League before losing out to Liverpool over two legs.
As with any transfer deal, the world of Twitter has reacted and TBR Football looked at exactly what some Liverpool fans were saying about this deal…
— Liverpool FC (@LFC) July 19, 2018
Okay, funs over. Sign Fekir next.
— CF (@ClinicalFirmino) July 19, 2018
our keeper has big hands
— MB (@MrBoywunder) July 19, 2018
Have my children
— Iz (@lfcisabelle) July 19, 2018
Not enough modfield creativity yet.
— life of pablo (@JimmyButIer21) July 19, 2018
— Samuel Price (@TheStugster) July 19, 2018
Absolute World Class Signing ??. Welcome To Our Family ??
— Danny Williams (@DanWilliams1988) July 19, 2018
Getting so excited for the new season ?
— Luke (@thedlpgeek) July 19, 2018
Danny Ward > Alisson
— ??????? Welsh Fan Zone TV ??????? (@WelshFanZoneTV) July 19, 2018
Liverpool fans should ignore Jurgen Klopp’s claims that spending has ended
Speaking after confirming the signing of Alisson Becker, Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp stated that he does not expect the club to make any further signings this summer despite ongoing speculation.
Exits are expected with doubts surrounding several members of the squad who may depart Merseyside in the remaining few weeks of the summer transfer window, but the German was clear that he is not looking for many signings.
Yet there may still be reasons for Liverpool fans to believe that Klopp could turn out to be wrong with his assumption.
“We have everything that we need for the next season, I don’t think that we will do any more (signings), I’m pretty sure…”
The immediate reaction was, perhaps surprisingly, one of disappointment with many fans thinking of one man in particular in the form of Nabil Fekir.
Negotiations broke down in June before the World Cup and had gone quiet, though Dominic King of the Daily Mail claimed that the deal was dead in the water, despite coming only 24 hours after Dean Jones of Bleacher Report suggested that talks had begun again.
News that Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain will miss all of the 2018/19 campaign with a number of knee ligament injuries has sparked fears about the lack of depth in attacking midfield, with no real replacement having been found for Philippe Coutinho.
It is worth remembering that only a week ago the Liverpool Echo said that Klopp was public with his desire to give Danny Ward a shot as number one, yet seven days later he is on his way to Leicester City after a fee was agreed, according to Sky Sports.
Klopp is no stranger to playing with the media and will do whatever he can to strengthen his club’s negotiating hand, yet fans could be forgiven for retaining hope of a deal for Fekir.
What may affect the reality is whether or not Olympique Lyonnais are prepared to sell this summer, as the Reds showed last summer that they would prefer to wait for their man rather than shop for alternatives, with a move for Virgil Van Dijk being dragged over into the next window.
Either way, Liverpool fans can have little to complain about the dealings that have been done in this summer’s transfer window with Naby Keita, Fabinho, Xherdan Shaqiri and Alisson Becker all having arrived.