Safe to say, general opinions of Jordan Henderson on Merseyside have taken a downturn over the last few seasons, but particularly since Jurgen Klopp began to transform him into Liverpool’s anchor man.
The England international was never amongst the most riveting of footballers anyway, but the defensive midfield role has simplified his game to a glaringly monotonous level – one that has lead many Liverpool fans to ask what he actually contributes to the team, at least while on the pitch.
The overriding justification for Henderson’s continued presence, though, is the fact Liverpool’s only true out-and-out holding midfielder left for Lazio in the summer – ever-underrated Brazilian Lucas Leiva – rendering the Liverpool skipper the best-fitting square peg for a round hole. However, that’s not completely true – something shown by the 5-0 win over Swansea City on Boxing Day.
With Henderson injured, Emre Can took up defensive duties at the base of midfield and although Swansea offered incredibly little in terms of attacking verve, it was the German international who snuffed out the few advances they made on the break while keeping things tidy in possession.
Indeed, Can finished up with the most tackles of any player on the pitch, six, while winning two aerial duels, recording two interceptions and making the most touches of any Reds player excepting centre-backs Joel Matip and Ragnar Klavan.
It was a calm, calculated and committed performance from the 23-year-old, who Transfermarkt value at £19.8million.
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