Whilst Liverpool’s performance against West Brom, particularly in the second half, was far from their usual quality, the excellent display of Jordan Henderson should not go unnoticed.
The captain started alongside Curtis Jones and Georginio Wijnaldum in the Liverpool midfield and was regularly involved throughout the game, as the hosts dominated possession and looked to break down a stubborn Baggies defence.
As per SofaScore, the former Sunderland man picked up a strong 7.7 rating for his performance, which was the second-best of any Liverpool player on the day, with only Joel Matip rated higher.
During the 90 minutes, the England international enjoyed a massive 172 touches of the ball, completing an impressive 141/155 passes, resulting in an accuracy rate of 91%.
The midfielder was constantly the man to push Liverpool forward, completing six long balls from 11 attempted.
Although his crossing arguably could have been a lot better, with only one of five finding their mark, it was clearly part of Liverpool’s tactics to lay the ball off for the 30-year-old to swing a cross in, which is testament to his ability on the ball.
Virgil van Dijk was full of praise for Henderson back in 2019, saying:
“Jordan is such an important player for this team. The contribution he makes goes unnoticed sometimes. I don’t know if he’s under-appreciated outside the club, but inside the club I know how highly we all think of him. He’s our captain and he always leads by example.”
Unfortunately for Henderson, his performance was not matched by a lot of his Liverpool teammates, and Jurgen Klopp will surely be fuming that his side dropped two points at Anfield against Sam Allardyce’s side.
However, the German manager will surely be happy with the performance from his captain, as it exemplified just how important Henderson is in this Liverpool side.