Jordan Henderson has had to put up with a lot of unfair criticism at different stages of his Liverpool career, but the statistics are finally beginning to recognise the influence he is having on his side.
The Reds skipper has been a key figure at the heart of his team’s midfield, dictating the tempo of the game with his passing and refraining from restricting himself to the simple ball all the time.
His strong performances this season have also resulted in him being handed the responsibility of captaining England.
England interim manager Gareth Southgate announced today that Henderson would lead his team out in Tuesday night’s friendly with Spain, having also worn the armband in last month’s 0-0 draw against Slovenia.
The statistics, posted on Twitter today, recognise the impact he is having in Liverpool’s midfield.
800 – No Premier League player has completed more passes (800) or made more tackles (47) this season than Jordan Henderson. Influence.
— OptaJoe (@OptaJoe) November 14, 2016
The 26-year-old has grown into his holding midfield role, implementing Jurgen Klopp’s pressing style of play while also posing as a crucial figure on the ball when it comes to increasing the speed of his team’s transition from defence to attack.
He has dominated passing numbers in the Premier League for most of the campaign so far and that doesn’t look to be changing any time soon.
Keep it up, Hendo.