There are few harder jobs in world football than following in Steven Gerrard’s footsteps. Jordan Henderson was faced with the monumental task of taking over the Liverpool armband when Captain Fantastic retired…well, moved to LA Galaxy…it’s the same. The Sunderland boy hasn’t always had an easy time of it at Anfield but he is finally getting the plaudits he deserves. Jordan Henderson has come in for high praise from Micah Richards.
Speaking on BBC Radio 5 Live, Richards said:
“Henderson, you’d argue Henderson’s world-class, because of what he’s done and consistency and whatnot. He’s won a European Cup, he’s been consistent over the last three or four years…Henderson is world-class and a lot of the work that he does goes unnoticed because he’s not getting 10 assists a season or scoring 10 goals a season.”
What RTK has to say
Kopites have been banging this drum for a while. Jordan Henderson can expect Micah Richards to be just the first of many to sing his praises this season.
Hendo has captained his side to back to back Champions League finals (winning the second), a 97 point Premier League season and he is currently top by eight points. Yet, somehow, fans and pundits still seek to undermine the skipper.
Richard is spot on with his observations, the quality in Henderson lies in his consistency and work rate. He is not a glamour player, he is a vital cog in the machine that helps the team tick as it is supposed to.
Without the extreme levels of fitness, concentration and determination of the Reds’ captain, Jürgen Klopp would not have been able to implement his intense pressing philosophy.