Jordan Henderson set a challenge

Jordan Henderson, Liverpool midfielder

Brendan Rodgers has challenged Jordan Henderson to use tonight’s Capital One Cup tie at West Brom as an opportunity to seal a first team place, reports Liverpoolfc.com.

Henderson has only made one Premier League appearance this season, coming on as a late substitute against Manchester United on Sunday in place of Raheem Sterling.

The young midfielder has fallen down the pecking order since the arrival of Rodgers in the summer, with new signings Joe Allen and Nuri Sahin bought in to strengthen the midfield, whilst youngster Jonjo Shelvey has also surpassed the former Sunderland man.

The 22-year-old is expected to start tonight, and Rodgers has urged him to show what he can do.

“It is about the balance in the team. We have got one controlling midfielder in Joe Allen,” he explained.

“We have got Steven Gerrard, who is a great player and speaks for himself. He has got a goal in him, he has got influence and he has got stature. He carries his qualities on the field. Then we have got Jonjo, who is a goalscoring midfielder.

“But Jordan is working his socks off every day. He has got a great appetite to learn; he lives his life right and he doesn’t do stupid things off the pitch. He works hard, he works well. Really it is just games like (tonight) that offer me the opportunity to see him.

“Can he affect the game going forward but play also with that tactical discipline, which keeps us nice and strong in the middle of midfield?”