Liverpool captain Jordan Henderson hasn’t always been the most widely appreciated footballer but after years of dividing opinion it seems he’s beginning to command universal respect in the game.
This is, after all, a player who has captained his side to a Champions League win and, barring one of the biggest collapses in the history of English football, will shortly be the first man to lift Liverpool’s maiden Premier League title.
A 2-0 victory over Sheffield United on Thursday night saw the Reds go a whole calendar year unbeaten as they took another step towards the trophy they crave so deeply.
When the game reached its conclusion there were plenty of players worthy of singling out for praise, but regular BBC and BT Sport pundit Gary Lineker felt obliged to pay a huge compliment to one of Klopp’s driving engines in midfield.
Think @JHenderson might just be the most underrated player in Premier League history. Guess I might have just changed that.
— Gary Lineker (@GaryLineker) January 2, 2020
That Henderson is valued at just £31.5m by Transfermarkt, despite captaining this relentlessly determined and breathtaking machine which Klopp has created, certainly alludes to the lack of appreciation for his ability.
The Sunderland academy product has been facing an uphill battle since his running style was criticised by Sir Alex Ferguson in his autobiography, but the 29-year-old has proven him wrong during his glowing career.
The esteemed praise from Lineker is certainly justified but the “most underrated player in Premier League history” label is unlikely to remain applicable for much longer with Liverpool steamrolling towards the title.