The Liverpool skipper has been reborn in his more advanced role in central midfield and once again came alive in a European tie.

It will be a few centuries before Liverpool’s semifinal comeback against the mighty Barcelona is forgotten and yet it’s just another feather in the Reds’ European hat.

The 4-0 win at Anfield was the result of an unparalleled team effort and so it’s nigh on impossible to give one player the full credit even if Origi scored a brace.

Jurgen Klopp and Divock Origi.

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Having said that, there were a number of players that were slightly better than the rest and Jordan Henderson certainly falls into this bracket.

The former Sunderland midfielder has never been unanimously applauded by fans as he’s hardly the most fashionable player but he has to be credited for constantly exceeding expectations.

 

As Liverpool skipper, the bar will naturally always be higher for him than any other player but his performance levels and leadership skills are finally being recognised.

Jordan Henderson.

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You always want your captain to step up to the plate in the big games and it almost feels as though Henderson reserves his energy for the most crucial games.

At Anfield, the no.14 was tireless and was constantly the trigger for the counter press in central areas, harassing and harrying Barcelona’s midfield into making silly errors.

Henderson is a brilliant passer and tackler but his ability to run until the point of extreme exhaustion is what Klopp’s system has relied on since he arrived in 2015.

Jordan Henderson and Jurgen Klopp.

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If Liverpool win the Champions League this season, Henderson lifting the trophy as captain will fly in the face of all the criticism he has endured since Steven Gerrard left the club in 2015.

A lot of his critics can feel justified in what has been said about him but his refusal to quit on a team that he loves and would die for will make him a deserving European Cup winner.

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