Aaron Curry praises Jordan Henderson after the Englishman’s great start to the 2016/17 season.
Liverpool Football Club has clocked up 581.6km over their first five league matches, which is over 10km more than the nearest team, Manchester City.
When I initially saw this statistic, the first person that came to mind was our skipper, Jordan Henderson. For the entirety of last season’s campaign, there were doubts as to whether he was the right person to take Liverpool forward wearing the captain’s armband. Questions were raised over his technical ability as well as his leadership skills, but one thing that never changed was his work rate.
His stamina is second-to-none and is arguably the best in the entire squad along with English counterparts, Adam Lallana and Nathaniel Clyne. The fact that he could cover every blade of grass within the 90 minute period, is the possibly the only aspect of his game which people looked to praise. Of course, he was scolded online for his inevitable backwards passes as well and lacking the courage to step up and drive the team forward.
Of course, the previous season was a little difficult for Jordan as he had plenty of injury setbacks which kept him off the team sheet for a while. Despite this, even when he did lead the team out he never looked like someone who should fill the boots of an irreplaceable legend, Steven Gerrard.
However, contrary to the negative aspects of his game over the past few seasons, Henderson has started this 2016/17 Premier League campaign in fine form. Along with contributing to Liverpool’s 581.6km distance ran, his individual statistics should certainly not be overlooked.
This season alone he has made 388 passes (an average of 78 a game), 37 accurate long balls, 7 interceptions, 10 clearances and 21 tackles. These are the sort of stats you would look towards for a defence-minded midfielder such as Henderson, and they make for good reading after watching his performances (we don’t talk about the Burnley one).
The major stat which everyone looks at, though, is the number of goals scored. Henderson only has one, but what a goal it was. Away to Chelsea, he managed to find the top corner of the goal from around 28-yards-out. It stunned everyone watching as the ball flew over the Belgian shot-stopper, Thibaut Courtois and looped into the back of the net.
It showed the fans glimpses of the form which he last had a firm grip of in the infamous 2013/14 season.
That particular game itself was one for Henderson to remember. His statistics for the game were unparalleled. 82 touches, 8 regains, 4 interceptions and 1 wonder-goal (along with an impressive 84% passing accuracy) helped him towards the Carlsberg Man of the Match. And rightly so.
In my opinion, Jordan Henderson is getting back to the form which a captain of Liverpool Football Club should be showing week in, week out. The 26-year-old, if he can stay fit, will more than likely prove to everyone, that he is more than someone who just puts in a shift for the team, with no real prowess.
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