Former Liverpool striker has revised his view of current Reds captain Jordan Henderson, as per the Sunday People, 31/03, page 51.
The former Sunderland man has undergone a transformation at Anfield and has been improved further under Jurgen Klopp as he has taken on the mantle of captain from legendary midfielder Steven Gerrard.
Henderson was never going to be the new Gerrard but has found his own niche under Klopp, seemingly impressing Collymore in the process and forcing him to change his mind.
Collymore said: “Stefan Savic was not impressed with Jordan Henderson sarcastically offering Nikola Vukecevic his England shirt after a heavy tackle… but I quite liked it.”
“I saw it not as cockiness, but as the Liverpool midfielder taking on the mantle of an old head and showing leadership to the younger England players.
“I wasn’t having Henderson a couple of years ago, but he is now growing into the pivotal figure that I hoped he would – and I’m very pleased to see that’s the case.”
Henderson has had – and still has – his fair share of critics, but few can doubt that he is wringing every last drop out of his talent and has developed into a leader for club and country.
It’s easy to look at what he can’t do, but his energy is perfect for this Liverpool team and he enjoyed an impressive summer with England at the World Cup too.
Collymore’s comments about the incident in question are slightly bizarre, but he’s right to praise Henderson for his improvement in recent seasons.