Jordan Henderson has endured his fair share of criticism since succeeding Steven Gerrard as Liverpool captain but the England international has impressed under the guidance of Jurgen Klopp, showing that giving the former Sunderland man the armband was the right decision.
Featuring in all of Liverpool’s Premier League games so far this season, scoring once and grabbing four assists, Henderson’s resilient displays in the middle of the park have allowed the more attacking players at Anfield to thrive.
At 26-years-old, Henderson is approaching the prime years of his career and one statistic has caught the eye this season, showing that the Sunderland born ace is developing excellently in a deeper role.
Jordan Henderson has completed more long balls (112) than any other player in the Premier League this season.
His range on show vs. Stoke. pic.twitter.com/x9OOTc69TH
— Squawka Football (@Squawka) December 28, 2016
Completing more long balls than any other player in the Premier League so far this season, as we approach the halfway point in the campaign, Henderson will be crucial in the second-half of this term as he looks to guide Liverpool back into the Champions League.