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Ryan Mason defends under-fire Jordan Henderson

Jordan Henderson has come in for criticism over the last couple days but Ryan Mason defended him while talking on talkSPORT.

The 28-year-old was substituted against Spurs, with Fabinho coming on and doing a stellar job for Liverpool.

“Henderson’s job isn’t to create,” Mason told talkSPORT’s The Final Word. “He’s in this Liverpool team to be tactically aware and be in the right place at the right time, to break up play and give it to a player that can create.

“Sometimes he has two other defensive-minded midfield players beside him so people start pointing the finger at Henderson. To say, ‘he’s a top Championship player’ in my eyes is wrong.

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” You don’t play for Liverpool and start every week if you’re not a top player. I just think he gets unfair criticism. I would love to have played beside Henderson.”

Most Liverpool fans wouldn’t call Henderson a top player even though he can be considered as important to the club. He does have strong leadership qualities and a big game mentality but, on the whole, he is not the Reds’ best holding midfielder.

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Liverpool spent big on Fabinho but Jurgen Klopp hasn’t given the Brazilian the chances he has deserves on a regular basis.

If the Premier League trophy is to make its way into Liverpool’s trophy case this season, Fabinho needs to be starting the last six games.

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The Brazilian offers Liverpool far more stability and is a lot more progressive with his passing and movement. One of the biggest gripes fans have with Henderson is that he plays too safe.

Playing safe won’t win Liverpool any silverware as we saw in Kiev last May when Henderson, Milner and Wijnaldum played the most passive game of football a Champions League final has seen.

Klopp needs to go for the jugular during the run-in.

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