Andrew Robertson has said that Jordan Henderson is finally getting the credit he deserves.
The left-back was talking following Liverpool’s 2-1 victory away at Wolves on Thursday, a game in which Henderson netted the opening goal and provided the assist for Roberto Firmino’s winner.
He said of the England international: “Hendo, for me, this season has been different class. He’s been one of, if not our best player this season.
“Sometimes over the years Hendo’s not got the credit that he deserves. But when you play with him, you train with him and see the way he acts off the field, it’s an absolute pleasure [for him] to be my captain and everyone’s captain.
“For us, he’s now getting the credit that he deserves and that’s what it’s all about for us because he’s getting the recognition that his performances deserve.”
The 29-year-old has been the subject of ridicule in the past, and has been on the end of plenty of stick – even from his own fans. Not so long ago, you would have thought it impossible for him to be currently receiving praise such as this from Robertson.
However, he has been a vital cog of Jurgen Klopp’s team over the past two-and-a-half years. The armband has made him almost undroppable, but his performances have been fantastic as well. He has averaged a WhoScored rating of over seven in three of the five campaigns the 52-year-old has been in charge for, with Virgil van Dijk being another teammate to applaud the former Sunderland man quite recently.
“He’s our captain. That’s what we all respect. He’s having a fantastic season so far. He has been fantastic, in and out of the pitch he is very important for us whether he plays or not. We all respect him on that level.”
This term, as the Reds have raced to the top of the Premier League table – they currently have a 16-point lead with a game in hand – he has played in all but one match. He has already written himself into the history of the club – he is just the fifth Liverpool captain to have won the European Cup/Champions League – and winning the Premier League would only cement his place as a Liverpool legend.
Whilst that may be surprising for some people to hear him described in such a way, that is exactly what he is, having made 354 appearances for the Reds. Finally, it seems, Henderson is getting the credit he deserves, and Liverpool fans will surely be hoping that it continues for the foreseeable future.