Steve Bruce has been full of praise for Liverpool captain Jordan Henderson. The Newcastle United boss managed Henderson at Sunderland.
It’s safe to say Jordan Henderson left a good impression on Steve Bruce. That’s judging by the latter’s comments to the Telegraph.
The paper put out an article on Saturday with words of encouragement for each member of England’s squad from someone close to them. Bruce got the nod for Henderson.
The now-Newcastle boss coached Henderson for two years with Sunderland, developing him into a key player. A player good enough to move to Liverpool, of course.
And looking back, it’s clear to Bruce that Henderson was always destined for the top level.
Steve Bruce on Jordan Henderson
“He has a great attitude, the way he conducts himself, it just goes to show what you can achieve. Liverpool captain, leading your country. Wow,” said Bruce.
“When he was an 18-year-old in pre-season training, he was dropping back on the long runs to encourage the older players and help them through it.
“He’s always had those leadership skills and that willingness to help others.
“He had this wonderful application and desire to learn and improve. But, by God, you would want a Jordan Henderson character in your team, no matter where you are or at what level.”
Henderson is unquestionably one of the country’s leading players. Arguably one of Europe’s, in fact.
His role at Liverpool holds the team together, giving him a case for being the Reds’ most important player. He’s lost just one Premier League game since January 2019 when starting in midfield.
That’s a record that goes some way to showing off just how important he is. Liverpool – and England – are simply better with him on the pitch.
Bruce is right. He’s a player who would thrive at any level, be it trying to stave off relegation or competing for the game’s biggest trophies.
Henderson is a special player – and it’s fantastic that everyone is finally realising that.