Jordan Henderson has drawn high praise from Liverpool legend Graeme Souness in an interview with the club’s official website.
It’s been a tough couple of seasons for the Liverpool captain with various injuries taking their toll and causing him to miss a lot of football. Graeme Souness however, believes that the club have a “better chance,” of winning trophies with the Reds skipper in the side.
Henderson missed the final three months of the season with a mysterious injury that was evidently far more serious than the initial “bruised foot,” diagnosis suggested but prior to sustaining the problem, had the established himself as a key member in Jürgen Klopp’s side.
The midfielder had taken to the deeper-lying playmaker role that he’d been fashioned into over pre-season like a fish to water and Souness believes his passing range and ability to break up play will be vital to the club next season.
He told Liverpool’s official website: “In the playing sense they’ve missed him greatly. You’re not always bossing the game – it doesn’t matter what team you are, you’re not always in charge of the game – and he’s really good at making (opponents) go into areas and make passes they don’t want to.”
“As well as that, I think he’s improved with his own technique – he can open the play up both short and long now, and he’s a major influence. Arguably, he might have been the first on the team sheet when he was firing on all cylinders.”
Souness also added that Henderson’s “steady character,” and ability to improve despite the burden of the captaincy are admirable traits and will be of great personal use to the Englishman.
“Being the captain of a club like Liverpool is an enormous responsibility; you’re forever being compared to people who have gone before you. He looks to be a really steady character, which will stand him in good stead when things don’t go well. We just have to start winning trophies now and, with him back, it gives us a far better chance.”