Liverpool signed Jordan Henderson for £20million (BBC) back in 2011 from Sunderland and he’s had plenty of doubters throughout the course of his Anfield career.
But over time the midfielder was being moulded into the eventual successor to club legend Steven Gerrard as captain and he’s now the leader of the Reds team.
The 29-year-old’s importance under manager Jurgen Klopp has continued to grow and he got to lift the Champions League last season at the end of a brilliant year.
Ex-Liverpool favourite Xabi Alonso was discussing the England international early on during this campaign and was keen to stress his importance.
“Jordan Henderson has become a key figure in the changing room. I think he’s so respected, so important for his team-mates – that’s the sense I get from watching in the stands. For the way they play it’s very important, the energy he has,” Alonso told BBC Sport in August 2019.
Henderson may not be one of the star names in the Liverpool XI, but during this campaign his importance has started to become more recognised and it turns out Alonso hit the nail on the head with his comments.
Henderson is on the cusp of lifting the Premier League title with the Merseyside club and many are putting him firmly in the conversation for PFA player of the year, something that would have seemed impossible a few years ago.
The central midfielder is now being recognised as the driving force in his side and he’s the glue that keeps all the top-class talent in check.
His quality in possession and the way he gets his team on the front foot is massively underrated, but those within Liverpool’s walls have known for a while his value.