Liverpool boss lauds ‘improving’ star

Jordan Henderson (Liverpoo)Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers has heaped praise on Jordan Henderson following the England international’s fine start to the season.

The 23-year-old has been virtually ever-present for the Reds so far this term, filling a variety of positions including right wing-back, right midfield and his preferred central role.

Despite being used as a utility man, Henderson has been consistent in all of his roles and has been a key part of the Merseysiders’ fine opening months of the campaign.

Following his big money move to Anfield from Sunderland in 2011 under Kenny Dalglish, the versatile midfielder has been the subject of much criticism.

But, he has risen above jibes from supporters, and Rodgers believes that he is one of his side’s most important players.

“He’s an outstanding young player. I think he is going to be a top player over many years for Liverpool,” Rodgers told The Metro.

“He will be an unsung hero. He is one of those guys who does a lot of work and over time, supporters will really appreciate and I think that’s what’s happening now.

“I have been really impressed. Tactically his understanding of the game is improving – you see the composure he is playing with now.

“He has got great physicality. His stature – he’s a big boy, he can run, he has got legs and he presses the ball well. As I say, he has composure on the ball and at 23 years of age, all the best years ahead of him.

“He has shown now that he has got the real temperament to play at a big club and the quality, so he is going to be a very important player for us for now and for the future.”

Upon Rodgers arrival Henderson looked set to leave Liverpool, but he played his way back into the Northern Irishman’s plans.

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