Our view: Jordan Henderson could become unstoppable if he adds more goals to his game

Liverpool’s irreplaceable captain Jordan Henderson continues to embody the traits and values of this quite magnificent team. The skipper possesses the perfect blend of a modern-day midfielder. He has in abundance the will to win, the relentless pressing, the energy, passing and utter determination required to consistently get his team over the line.

WOLVERHAMPTON, ENGLAND – JANUARY 23: Jordan Henderson of Liverpool during the Premier League match between Wolverhampton Wanderers and Liverpool FC at Molineux on January 23, 2020 in Wolverhampton, United Kingdom. (Photo by Malcolm Couzens/Getty Images)

Unwavering in his mission to not surrender ground, goals or points no matter who the opposition is what makes the 29-year-old Jurgen Klopp’s perfect player. The former Sunderland star is Liverpool’s beacon lighting the way towards a first league title since 1990.

We are beginning to run out of words to describe this frankly ridiculous winning-machine of a team. Make that 14th consecutive league victories, a run that stretches all the way back to that single draw in late October, another win in a season of wins – 376 days where winning almost always feels inevitable.

Henderson is also finally beginning to add end product to his already impressive array of talents. The captain scored with his shoulder and was head and shoulders the best player on the turf as Liverpool continue to close-in on the title.

Once the final whistle serenaded around Molineux, Henderson threw his arms aloft, his fists clenched, his bicep’s bulging before embracing Virgil van Dijk in the celebrations – this was more than just another win.

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The England international now has two league goals this season – already doubling his tally for the previous campaign. In a team that is littered in world-class talent, Henderson is the ultimate ‘mentality monster’ in Jurgen Klopp’s record-breaking squad.

WOLVERHAMPTON, ENGLAND – JANUARY 23: (THE SUN OUT, THE SUN ON SUNDAY OUT) Jordan Henderson captain of Liverpool celebrates after scoring the opening goal during the Premier League match between Wolverhampton Wanderers and Liverpool FC at Molineux on January 23, 2020 in Wolverhampton, United Kingdom. (Photo by Andrew Powell/Liverpool FC via Getty Images)

He left the Black Country with a goal and an assist in the same game since April last season. Henderson has to be in the running for the PFA Player of the Year for 2020. The Englishman, however, will not be concerned with individual accolades once he adds the Premier League to his trademark trophy celebration.

Henderson – who joined the club from Sunderland for a £20m fee [BBC] –  has proven he is more than a one-trick pony. His range of passing has improved leaps and bounds and his energy-levels are off the scale. The only criticism to his game has been goals. His second of the season, only his 28 in 332 Premier League appearances, arrived after eight minutes from another Liverpool corner – make that 15 set-piece goals for relentless Reds this season.

The Champions League-winning skipper inevitably capped off a stunning performance with the all-important assist, spotting the run of Firmino who powered home the late winner. This was by far the team’s most severe test of the season and thanks to their skipper, they once again made it over the line.

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