Roughly a year ago Micah Richards was busy waxing lyrical about Jordan Henderson being considered world-class. Fast forward 12 months and it’s pretty clear to see the pundit was right about the Liverpool captain.
The ex-Manchester City defender claimed the midfielder’s consistency had earnt him the world-class tag – and it’s hard to argue with the man who helped City to the Premier League title in 2012.
Liverpool have been tremendous for the best part of two seasons now. Boss Jurgen Klopp has instilled a strategy that is the envy of Europe and it’s reaped the rewards.
'Jordan Henderson is world class because of his consistency'
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— BBC 5 Live Sport (@5liveSport) November 18, 2019
In 2018 Liverpool reached the Champions League final but lost to Real Madrid. Some of the club’s cynics felt it would prove to be a missed opportunity.
It wasn’t and instead, it proved to be the start of something special. Liverpool would get their hands on the famous trophy a year later, beating Spurs in the final.
Last season the Reds continued their dominance, lifting the Premier League and winning the Club World Cup.
A large percentage of Liverpool’s success has ultimately been down to the exceptional Henderson.
The 30-year-old signed for the Reds for £20 million in 2011 and he’s proved a shrewd piece of business by Liverpool.
Henderson is paid £140,000-a-week at Anfield and his importance to the way in which Klopp likes his team to play shouldn’t be underestimated.
Liverpool’s attacking talents often get the lion share of praise – and rightly so.
Henderson’s ability to do the ugly side of the game makes him a crucial part of the team and he’s silenced his critics.
If the midfielder can help Liverpool retain their Premier League title, he would confirm his place in the club’s Hall of Fame.