'Great qualities': Gary Neville now hails £140k-a-week Liverpool man as one of the PL's most resilient players
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'Great qualities': Gary Neville now hails £140k-a-week Liverpool man as one of the PL's most resilient players

Pundit Gary Neville has hailed Liverpool captain Jordan Henderson as one of the most resilient players in the Premier League.

Speaking with Sky Sports about Cristiano Ronaldo’s shocking interview with TalkTV, the former Manchester United full-back slammed the claim that players are lazier and weaker than ever before.

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“The scrutiny the current generation of player is under, in terms of analysis, in terms of punditry, in terms of scrutiny of their off-field activity and everyday lives is far greater than it was 25 years ago,” Neville said.

“I think these lads have their own element of toughness in them that I’ve seen in the last few years with some of his team-mates, like Marcus Rashford who has taken on huge political and social fights and won, people like Raheem Sterling, there are others like Jordan Henderson at Liverpool who have set up charities and done big things during Covid.

“These lads demonstrate the resilience of the modern British player, and international players like Juan Mata who set up the one per cent of his wages a few years ago.

“These players are demonstrating great leadership, great qualities.”

Gary Neville praises Jordan Henderson

For all his critics, one thing Henderson cannot be questioned about is his leadership.

At Kirkby, the 32-year-old skipper plays an absolutely crucial role for the side. He welcomes new starters to the club, shows an interest in the youngsters coming through the academy, and he keeps the harmony behind the scenes balanced.

On the pitch, the England international is a powerful voice. He commands from the middle of the park, and he never fails to stick up for one of his teammates. During the Jurgen Klopp era, Henderson has undoubtedly been one of the most important people at the Merseyside club.

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This extends off the pitch, as Neville says, as the Liverpool captain is renowned for his charity work amongst the Premier League leaders.

Having never put a foot wrong, Henderson fully encapsulates what Ronaldo says doesn’t exist in English football.

The £140,000-a-week midfielder truly is a great example of how a top professional should be in the modern game.

Therefore, Liverpool are extremely lucky to have such a captain amongst their ranks.

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