Why it’s time for a critical re-appraisal of this Liverpool star:


Jordan HendersonOf all of Kenny Dalglish’s much derided big money signings, Jordan Henderson was always the one that many fans felt would ‘come good’.

Andy Carroll has toiled through numerous injury problems and never really managed to re-capture his Newcastle-form at Anfield. Stewart Downing never really seems to really contribute to Liverpool’s efforts and has been the subject of a large amount of derision.

He’s opposition fan’s whipping boy. Downing gets the critique, whilst everyone seems to leave Henderson be. We all seem to be privy to the fact that Henderson could kick on and become a really special player.

Just look at the way he’s improved as a footballer this season – especially in the last month. His form has picked up at the same time that Liverpool’s fortunes seem to have improved (this can’t be a coincidence) and he’s finally starting to look worth his price-tag.

He’s started Liverpool’s last four games and scored against Norwich City (a smashing finish) and Arsenal (a fine solo effort that saw him knock the ball past three defenders and out of the keeper’s reach, before finding the back of the net). I’d say it’s about time for a critical re-evaluation.

That’s exactly what’s been offered by former Reds striker John Aldridge: “I have to applaud Jordan Henderson for turning his Liverpool career around. I’ve been among his critics as when we bought him I expected a lot more. But now he’s coming to the party… He’s working really hard and justifying his place ahead of Joe Allen. Being crowned England U21 player of the year will only enhance his confidence and I’m delighted for him.” (Source: Official Liverpool site)

This recognition at International level is deserved (a 50-yard pass for an England goal against Sweden last Tuesday, to set up a penalty for Thomas Ince demonstrates his increased worth) and this, combined with the kind words of pundits and fans, will help to give him the confidence necessary to take his career to the next level.

We all knew that Jordan Henderson could become a special talent, but now’s the first time in his career that this possibility is looking likely.

It’s time for Liverpool fans to get behind Henderson, cheer him on and hope he continues to improve.

Brendan Rodgers also needs to support him. He may have the occasional poor game, but his work-rate and ability are worth investing time in.

What’s your take? Is Jordan Henderson about to come good?

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