Jordan Henderson has had an on-off relationship with Liverpool supporters since taking the captain’s armband from club legend Steven Gerrard.
The midfielder has not always been consistent on the pitch, plus injuries have caused a problem in recent seasons.
However, on Wednesday night, the England international was part of a slick midfield that helped orchestrate an impressive 3-0 victory over Manchester City in the first leg of their Champions League quarter-final.
Alongside James Milner and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, the club captain helped play City off the park in the first half at Anfield, which was engulfed in a cauldron of noise from the home supporters.
The result gives Liverpool a huge advantage heading into the second leg at the Etihad Stadium, particularly as they avoided conceding an away goal.
Every one of Jurgen Klopp’s players stood up to be counted, and they were rewarded thanks to goals from Mohamed Salah, Oxlade-Chamberlain and Sadio Mane.
In the build-up to the match, Liverpool fans had urged the manager not to start Henderson, but after the final whistle, opinion swiftly changed.
Some fans were also left concerned that the midfielder will be suspended for the second leg at the Etihad after he picked up his third yellow card of the tournament for a challenge on Raheem Sterling.
Henderson will be a massive miss in the second leg, need to get Emre back fit for that! #LFC
— Ben 〽️ (@BenLFC__) April 5, 2018
— Ben Percy (@benny_boy_89) April 5, 2018
Everyone is nervous about Salah being injured. As much as that's the case, what about Henderson's suspension? Can's injury? We only have Ox Milner Wijnaldum left in midfield and no back up?? #UCL #LIVMCI #LFC #YNWA
— wantosleep (@LZFung) April 5, 2018
Henderson suspended for the 2nd leg will be a big big miss.
And please let Salah be well. ??#LFC
— Matthew Lim (@wearelosingyou) April 4, 2018
Can I give a special mention to Jordan Henderson who proved me wrong tonight. Passed forward, superb under pressure and a great captain throughout. I salute you #LFC
— George Murray (@GWFMurray) April 4, 2018
Bit of a shock for everyone on Twitter, Jordan Henderson, Dejan Lovren and James Milner are all really good at what they do.
What a strange thing to say, right? #LFC
— ? Liam Grimshaw ? (@LiamGrimshawLFC) April 4, 2018
— Amanjeet S. (@asandhu_89) April 4, 2018
A big up to Lovren and Henderson, the 2 that cop endless grief off our fans, the pair of em were brilliant and TAA proved the doubters that he's a star in the making, if not already. Get in !!! #LFC
— Davey Glyn Jones (@Glynsters68) April 4, 2018
— Rhys Evans (@rhys_evs95) April 4, 2018