Liverpool defender Andy Robertson has touted club-captain Jordan Henderson as the Reds’ ‘best player’ this season following an outstanding campaign from the irreplaceable skipper.
Henderson, 29, scored and assisted during Liverpool’s 2-1 win at Molineux as Jurgen Klopp’s champions-elect made it 67 points from a possible 69 to maintain their 16 point league at the top of the Premier League table.
The Reds’ 14th straight league victory also took the club’s unbeaten record to 40 consecutive league matches – nine matches short of the all-time record set by Arsenal in 2004.
One player who has epitomised Liverpool’s relentless run of form this campaign has been Henderson. The former Sunderland midfielder is enjoying his finest season in a Reds shirt since his £20m [BBC Sport] move to Anfield in 2011.
Henderson has been as tenacious as anyone in Liverpool’s pursuit of the holy grail of a first Premier League title. He embodies Klopp’s philosophy better than any other Reds player and possesses the perfect blend of a modern-day midfielder.
His performances alongside his unwavering devotion to the cause have allowed Liverpool to unlock a whole new dimension to their game. Henderson 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.
Fittingly, Henderson’s recent contributions are not going unnoticed by his teammates. Following the victory at Molineux, Robertson lauded Thursday evening’s MOTM who worked himself into the ground to get their 22nd league victory of the season.
Speaking behind the scenes in Liverpool’s ‘Inside Molineux’ footage, the Scotland captain commended his teammate’s influence on the squad before he labelled Henderson his standout player for the season.
“For me this season he [Henderson] has been different class. He’s been one of, if not our best player this season”, said Roberton.
“Sometimes over the years, Hendo has not got the credit he deserves. Today just epitomised Jordan Henderson.
“The way he went about his business, he scored the goal and his all-round play over the last couple of months has been second-to-none and he’s driving us forward into the position we are in now.”
What RTK has to say
It’s difficult to disagree with Robbo. In a squad littered in world-class talent, Henderson has been Liverpool’s beacon of light this season guiding the team to domestic glory.
His influence has been largely unnoticed in the public for some time and it’s hugely satisfying to see the Liverpool captain given the plaudits he deserves as well as being touted for some of the major individual accolades this season.
Henderson has been Liverpool’s most selfless player all season and has sacrificed his own game on numerous occasions to cover the team in several positions. Whether it’s as a No.8, in the holding role, right-back or even centre-half, the Reds’ No.14 has done his job.
It was always going to be a difficult task filling the gargantuan shoes of predecessor Steven Gerrard, but my oh my has Henderson stood up to the task.