There are few players in the world underrated the way Jordan Henderson is. Whilst many pundits and analysts are awake to the midfielder’s unique role and abilities, many armchair experts are unconvinced – often bewildered when the skipper is singled out for individual honours. Darren Bent has perfectly summed up Jordan Henderson with a story from the Sunderland training ground.
Liverpool signed Jordan Henderson from the North East side in 2011, paying £20m for the then 20-year-old right winger. It took a while for the Mackem to settle in at Anfield, when we bought him nobody would have expected he would become our central midfield, Champions League winning captain.
Whilst at his boyhood club, Hendo played alongside Premier League stalwart Darren Bent. The striker spent two years at Sunderland, scoring the infamous beach ball goal whilst at the club.
Speaking to TalkSport (11/01/20 8:10pm), Darren Bent recalled an extraordinary moment whilst training with Jordan Henderson, telling the programme:
“He is the only guy I have trained with and played with that got pulled out of training because their heart rate was too high. All the years I have trained and played, he was the only player where the manager had to pull him out of training because the manager was like ‘Listen, you red zone stats are way too high, you are going to have a heart attack if you carry on’.”
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It can come as no surprise that the skipper has been his determined self since his Sunderland days. If Hendo didn’t work himself into the ground day in, day out, he wouldn’t be the player that he is today.
Thankfully, we have seen the captain become more disciplined over the years, his recent foray into defensive midfield during Fabinho’s absence was evidence of how he has tempered his brash, whirling dervish side. He is now a resolute professional that will do anything for the side, we are lucky to have him.