Jordan Henderson was largely instructed to play more of a holding role at Liverpool last season.
The midfielder and club captain has always had his critics, but he had a decent campaign at Anfield as he led the team to a top-four finish and the Champions League final.
At the World Cup in Russia, England manager Gareth Southgate has so far selected Henderson ahead of Eric Dier, and it has proved to be the right call.
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However, during the Three Lions’ dramatic last-16 win over Colombia on Tuesday night, the 28-year-old did not play an influential role.
England were a matter of minutes away from moving into the quarter-finals with a 1-0 win, but a late equaliser forced the decider into extra-time and then penalties.
Henderson put his nation’s progression into doubt by missing from the spot, but his blushes were saved as England won 4-3.
The penalty miss was disappointing, but that can always be down to luck, therefore it should not hugely impact on Henderson’s performance.
The midfielder – valued at £22.5m by Transfermarkt – was mainly required to carry out defensive duties in the middle of the park, but he failed to make an interception and he committed just one tackle
In terms of his distribution, Henderson made only one key pass, but he did show strength in aerial challenges.
Due to the recent arrival of Fabinho in the Liverpool team, the Reds’ club captain could find himself without a position.
However, judging by the performance against Colombia perhaps it would be in the player and Liverpool’s best interests to allow him to play further up the park in midfield, or alternatively switch him out wide right.
One display should not be enough for Klopp to rip up his entire plans for Henderson, but it does give the manager food for thought.
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