'Not the same': Adam Lalland 'frustrated' Jordan Henderson is underrated
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'Not the same': Adam Lalland 'frustrated' Jordan Henderson is underrated

Adam Lallana believes Jordan Henderson remains underrated despite everything he’s achieved. The former Liverpool man came to his friend’s defence.

Is Jordan Henderson still underrated? It does still feel that way. He’s captained Liverpool to every major trophy now but he doesn’t quite get the same recognition for his ability.

Adam Lallana, a close friend of Henderson’s, certainly sees it that way. He discussed the matter in an interview with The Times, coming to the captain’s defence.

“His leadership skills are often mentioned above his football quality,” said Lallana. “That still frustrates me – the only reason I can think of is that he’s not the same on the eye as other players regardless of being able to do what they can.

“He can also be aggressive in his mannerisms, shouting, coaxing, organising, so maybe that side of his game is highlighted more.

“He passes the ball quickly and is selfless in his performances; someone who worries more about other people than himself.”

Is Henderson underrated?

It is a little tough to argue that Henderson is underrated, given he won the FWA Footballer of the Year in 2020. But then, Scott Parker once won that.

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We’d probably agree with the notion that Henderson doesn’t quite get the credit he should with the ball, though. He’s a magnificent passer, crosser, and his defending has come on leaps and bounds over the last two years.

His leadership is still no.1 and the difference at Liverpool with him in the side and out of it remains stark. But Henderson isn’t someone who frequently comes up when discussing the game’s elite midfielders – and he really should be.

You can hold down as significant a role as he has in such a massively successful side and not be a great player. Maybe it’ll take his retirement to really show that off.

With Liverpool fans, though, we like to think it’s abundantly clear that Henderson is a special talent.

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