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Liverpool’s Jordan Henderson: From the Transfer List to Club Captain

With Steven Gerrard announcing earlier this season his intentions to leave his boyhood club Liverpool and end his historic career in the MLS. Many pundits and Liverpool fans have been left worried about the whole being left in the Liverpool midfield but a certain Jordan Henderson’s emergence and improvement has put them worries to bed although it is impossible to replace Steven Gerrard who at his very best was one of the greatest players in the world but they certainly have a capable understudy in Jordan Henderson who although can not replicate the historic moments Gerrard has been culpable of and the great performances over the years but can certainly put his own stamp on that midfield.

After joining Liverpool in 2011 for £20 million the initial feeling from Liverpool fans was that he just wasn’t good enough to be a Liverpool player and after a tough first couple of seasons under first Roy Hodgson and then Brendan Rodgers it looked as though he would be on his way out of Anfield with fellow countryman Andy Carroll and Stewart Downing who had both struggled for form in the Liverpool shirt. However after a meeting with Brendan, Jordan convinced him to give him at least one more season to prove his worth to the club. After heavy criticism from Sir Alex Ferguson who said that he had turned down the opportunity to sign Henderson and criticised his running style. However Henderson proved all his critics to be wrong with hard work and dedication Jordan noticeably started to improve his game and struck up a formidable partnership with fellow midfielder Seven Gerrard as Liverpool almost went onto win the Premier League title in the 2013/14 season. At the beginning of the 2014/15 season after cementing his place as a vital part of the Liverpool squad he was announced as club vice captain which was a remarkable achievement considering the criticism he had received when he first joined Liverpool.

On the international scene Henderson was also making an impact as he has now developed into England best central midfielder and was a key member of the side in the World Cup in 2014. Although England went crashing out in the group sage it can not be blamed on Henderson as he was one of the key performers in the in the qualifiers and friendlies. Back in the Liverpool shirt this season Henderson has captained Liverpool on !5 different occasions and is unbeaten in all of those games and with Gerrard announcing his move to the MLS in the summer Henderson is set to be announced as club captain just 4 years after joining.

His improvement has been solely down to his hard work, dedication and will to learn, this season has seen him add different aspects to his game with his goalscoring and passing range noticeably improving. At only 25 years of age Henderson has the world at his feet and who knows what this lad from Sunderland can achieve.

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