Jermaine Jenas reckons Liverpool midfielder Jordan Henderson ‘holds back’ his game sometimes for fear of being scapegoated.
The England international has enjoyed something of a renaissance in recent weeks after changing position slightly.
Henderson has been used as more of a box-to-box midfielder of late and he seems much more effective in the role, with Fabinho at the base.
Speaking on BBC Radio 5 Live (quoted by The Liverpool Echo), Jenas said: “The only thing that ever worried me about Jordan is, I think, at times technically as a midfielder he is a little bit limited.
“He will play simple balls at times. He has better passes in the locker, but for some reason he holds back, I think, because he can be a scapegoat at Anfield I find.”
Henderson has a brilliant passing range, but Jenas is right in that sometimes, he will take the easier option.
The shackles have undoubtedly been on Henderson, but maybe now he will more expressive in his new role.
Having to help out in attack should demand more from the captain, and he has the ability to flourish.
There seems to be a greater appreciation for Henderson these days which should encourage him to take more risks with his play.
Sometimes, simple and sideways passing can frustrate the crowd, especially when there are better options available.