Liverpool captain Jordan Henderson has been praised by Peter Schmeichel following his heroics for Jurgen Klopp’s Reds last night.
The 30-year-old lined up at centre-back once again as Liverpool ran out 2-0 winners over RB Leipzig in Tuesday night’s Champions League last-16 first leg in Budapest.
Henderson marshalled the back line expertly and turned the Leipzig defence with searching long passes, while centre-back partner Ozan Kabak also did much better than at the weekend.
Schmeichel was especially impressed with how the £140,000-a-week star could seamlessly slot from midfield to defence and shine just as much.
“There were two really good performances for me, tonight,” the Denmark legend told CBS (16 February, 10:25pm). “One was Jordan Henderson at centre-back.
“It’s the first time I have seen him live, not off the television and playing in that position.
“To transfer from midfield and being the engine in this Liverpool team, and then put so much pressure from a midfield position into a position where you have to control and contain yourself.
“That was very impressive. He played very well.”
While the Liverpool back line kept a clean sheet, the opposition defence wasn’t quite as watertight, and two mistakes helped Mohamed Salah and Sadio Mane give the Reds a healthy first-leg lead.
It’s been a difficult season for Liverpool, what with the multiple injuries at the back and off-form players up front, but they looked back to their best on Tuesday.
It’s hard to believe that Henderson was often the subject of criticism just a few years ago, but given how much he has given Liverpool in midfield and at the back, he’s on the way to becoming a club legend.