Tony Cascarino says a lack of goals and assists is the reason why Jordan Henderson receives so much stick.
“That has been Henderson’s problem – only die hard Liverpool fans who watch him every week say ‘we’re a better team with Jordan in’,” Cascarino told Talksport.
“If you don’t score loads of goals or create loads of chances, people will start pointing the finger at you – it’s only natural.”
The former Sunderland midfielder’s best season at Liverpool was the 2014/15 season when he scored six goals and assisted a further nine.
Since Jurgen Klopp moved to Liverpool, Henderson has been playing a deeper role and his output has taken a knock as a result. He is still a great player but he is often unspectacular due to the conservative nature of his role.
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That said, he doesn’t help himself by being too safe with his passing choices. A good example of why he should play riskier passes is the 45 yard pass he played over the top of the Bayern Munich defence to Mohamed Salah that almost resulted in a spectacular goal.
His unwillingness to take risks has been exposed by new signing Fabinho’s progressive style of play. The Brazilian set up a goal for Sadio Mane against Manchester United in October with a delightful clipped pass into the box.
There have been calls for Henderson to be dropped to the bench recently, with some fans on social media claiming Liverpool are better without the 28-year-old.
I personally think the Reds’ best midfield three is Fabinho, Georginio Wijnaldum and Naby Keita.
The latter has been injured for a fair portion of the season but his dynamism and dribbling qualities offer something different to Klopp.