The captain was criticised by some fans for his display against Chelsea, but it was only in September when his boss hailed the midfielder’s commitment and saying he is going to get even better in the coming years
Jordan Henderson took some stick on the weekend, didn’t he?
The Liverpool captain was substituted during the 1-1 draw with Chelsea and some supporters did not hold back in their critique of his performance, with one even labelling him a ‘fraud’.
Signed from Sunderland for £20million in 2011, the midfielder has slowly cemented his place in the first team squad and appeared to be a vital part of the squad last season that reached the Champions League final.
Even other fans seemed to fall in love with him during the summer as England powered their way to the World Cup semi-final.
However, the Reds strengthened in the middle of the park during the summer by bringing in Fabinho and Naby Keita, meaning it’s going to be tough for Henderson to start as regularly.
But it was only in September when Jurgen Klopp, his manager, gushed over his ‘General’ after the 28-year-old signed a new five-year contract with the club.
As well as calling him ‘perfect’ for the club he said: “Jordan embodies entirely what it means to be a Liverpool player in this modern era of football. You can tell through his actions on and off the pitch he treats representing our badge and our shirt as a privilege. He takes nothing for granted and strives to learn and be better for his team at all times.
“He carries a lot on his shoulders that people on the outside won’t see, but he embraces that responsibility and that leadership. He is our ‘General’ and I trust him completely.
“But the best thing is, I think – in fact, I know – he will get even better in these coming years. And this improvement will come from a very high base already.
“Jordan is so important to us and we are very fortunate as a club to have this person commit to us as he has.
“For Jordan and his wonderful young family I am really pleased they now know they are part of our Liverpool family for an even longer time.”
He may have been the weak link in midfield against Chelsea, but he certainly has his boss’ backing. For now.