Liverpool captain Jordan Henderson has earned himself a glowing reference from £180,000-a-week (Spotrac) defender Virgil van Dijk.
The runner-up in the recent Ballon d’Or event was talking to the Liverpool Echo after last night’s 2-0 win over Red Bull Salzburg.
Henderson was instrumental during the contest and is an important player in Jurgen Klopp’s team.
The Dutchman believes the 29-year-old is an underrated member of the squad and deserves recognition.
He told the Liverpool Echo: “Jordan is such an important player for this team.
“I think the contribution he makes goes unnoticed sometimes. I don’t know if he’s under-appreciated outside the club, but inside the club, I know how highly we all think of him. He’s our captain and he always leads by example.
“He always works hard for the team. He’s been at the club for a number of years and we all appreciate what he does for Liverpool, both on and off the pitch. He’s a leader.”
Henderson has been at Liverpool since 2011 and during his time at Anfield, he has collected 55 caps for his country.
With the front three typically earning the plaudits, the 29-year-old does occasionally slip under the radar.
Take Henderson out of the team, however, and Liverpool notice his absence.
Simple but effective is typically the epitome of the midfielder and nobody deserved the club’s Champions League success more than the former Sunderland man.
The comments from van Dijk suggest he is widely respected at the football club and once again this season he will be a very important player for Liverpool.
Winning the Premier League title would top the lot. He would become the only Liverpool captain to ever lift the prize and maybe then more people outside of Anfield would start to notice Henderson’s contribution.