This weekend saw The Reds once again play out of their skin and blow away the opposition. Jürgen Klopp’s side blew Southampton away in a 4-0 win, with the skipper once again reaffirming his PFA Player of the Year credentials. The game at the weekend showed that Jordan Henderson could be set to replicate the famous Steven Gerrard role.
It was another steam rolling display from Liverpool.
Although the scoreline was harsh on Southampton, it’s no coincidence that this Liverpool side consistently keep the opposition out and take their chances when they come.
The skipper put in one of his finest performances of the season, scoring one and assisting another.
Most encouragingly, Henderson put in a performance reminiscent of Steven Gerrard when he was still captaining the side.
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Hendo arrived into the box at the right time for his goal and his slide rule pass for Mo Salah was perfectly weighted, his decision to play it first time displayed the arrogant confidence in his own ability that produced some of Stevie G’s best moments.
Since Gerrard retired we have been without a number eight in his mould.
There is a key difference between the two captain’s as an eight though: Jordan doesn’t have to do as much.
When Stevie was playing he often had to carry a mediocre Liverpool side over the line. Hendo is a cog in a machine, albeit an important cog.
However, now that Fabinho is back and Henderson is playing with confidence, we can see that he is taking on a more Gerrard like style of play.
He is scoring more often – he’s bagged two and assisted two in his last three games, and he is now free to drive with the ball given that he isn’t playing as a defensive midfielder.
It appears as though the Jordan Henderson is hitting his prime at the right time and he is looking more like Gerrard with every passing game as a result.