Stan Collymore has admitted he got it wrong about Liverpool midfielder Jordan Henderson, who has grown into a brilliant player and captain at Anfield in recent years.
After Steven Gerrard’s exit in 2015, there was immense pressure to find a successor as the next Reds captain and that burden fell on Henderson.
Henderson had already been with the Merseyside club for four years at that point and took the responsibility of the armband, which was a decision questioned by many at the time.
The 29-year-old has thrived though as the Liverpool leader since and been a key part of the team manager Jurgen Klopp has built.
He lifted the Champions League trophy last season and the Reds finished second in the Premier League with 97 points, but this campaign are eight points clear at the top during the November international break.
There is no doubt that the central midfielder is a vocal leader both on and off the pitch, who has taken his game to a new level as captain
Henderson may not be the most gifted midfielder in the division, but has an incredible work-rate and gives so much in the centre of the park for Liverpool.
Ex-Liverpool forward Collymore has praised the quality of the England international and is impressed by his job as Reds captain.
“I want to pick out Jordan Henderson, who is so far removed from the player many of us thought he was three or four years ago,” Collymore wrote in the Mirror.
“I was with a lot of Liverpool fans who also wondered if Henderson should even be in the team, let alone be captain.
“He has grown into the captaincy. Finding a new leader after Steven Gerrard was always going to be difficult, but Henderson has stepped up brilliantly.”
Liverpool have a number of superstars scattered throughout their team that helps make them one of the best in the world right now, but Henderson is the glue that holds the dressing room together and it’s quite an achievement to have the respect of so many world-class players.
The midfielder gives 100 per cent on the pitch with his energy and passing ability, but is also Klopp’s general on the pitch commanding his teammates.
His role in the team’s progress recently is underrated because he is not the flashiest player, but there is no doubt he will be highly valued within the squad.