Jurgen Klopp praised Liverpool captain Jordan Henderson after his brilliant performance on Thursday night in the win over Wolverhampton Wanderers.
The Reds picked up a narrow 2-1 away victory at Wolves in the Premier League and were made to work extremely hard at Molineux.
Henderson’s early header from a corner put the Merseyside giants in front in the first-half, but hosts Wolves drew level in the 51st minute with a Raul Jimenez header from open play.
Despite plenty of pressure on the Liverpool goal, they once again found a way to earn three points and move 16 points clear at the top of the league table.
Henderson played the pass into Roberto Fimino in a crowded penalty area and he somehow found room to fire in a left-footed rocket in the 84th minute.
It means that the Reds are still charging towards the title and kept their unbeaten record in the top-flight this season.
Klopp singled out Henderson for his all-action display at Wolves and explained how crucial he is to the team.
“He played an unbelievable game tonight again in a difficult game where he is really shouting at everybody,” Klopp said, as quoted by the club’s official website.
“He pretty much keeps everybody on their toes. It’s not about shouting, it’s about what you say and he only asks for things he expects from himself as well – it’s not ‘run for me’ or do this or that. It is just good, we could not be in this situation without these kind of characters.”
Henderson really has enjoyed an unlikely rise to the top and in his early days at Anfield it looked like he would never really cut the grade at Liverpool.
But the 29-year-old looks destined to lift the Premier League title this season and has just developed so much under Klopp.
He is a central midfielder that showed on Thursday his incredible appetite and work-rate all over the park, as well as making a key contribution going forward with the goals.
Henderson isn’t one of the superstar names in the XI, but is the glue that holds them all together and deserves more recognition.