Jordan Henderson had yet another brilliant game against Southampton on Saturday. He proved without a doubt that he can do it all.
Jurgen Klopp took a risk. Liverpool were playing a good side, in form particularly away from home, and he moved his midfield around. This is a midfield setup that oversaw a dramatic defensive improvement.
Fabinho had the holding role until his injury in late November. Since then, Henderson played it and Liverpool started picking up clean sheets at an incredible rate. Enough that you had to wonder if Fabinho should even get back in.
Henderson has been so good that he’s become one of the team’s best players. And so moving him back to his more advanced role on the right of the midfield three was always a risk.
But Klopp took it and Henderson started against Southampton in that very role.
And, as it turns out, he’s just as brilliant there, too. Something has clicked for the Liverpool captain. He had a good season last year, like everyone, but this year he’s been something very special.
Henderson has been a wonderful shield for the defence over the last two months. But on Saturday he switched gears and became a fantastic attacking midfielder.
He scored Liverpool’s second, getting into the box to receive Roberto Firmino’s cutback. Henderson then played a great pass in behind for Mohamed Salah to grab the third.
He’s had his critics ever since his £20m move from Sunderland. Plenty of them. But right now, there are few players able to do everything in the way Henderson is.
Somehow, the 29-year-old is playing exceptionally well wherever he plays. And he could well be Player of the Year material if he keeps it up.