We cannot overestimate how impressed we’ve been with Jordan Henderson this season.
Not only has he stayed fit, but he’s led the team fantastically and adapted to his new position at the base of midfield seamlessly.
There were genuinely Liverpool fans who didn’t think he had a future after the end of last season, but they’ve all gone very, very quiet just halfway into this.
Statistically, he’s outshining everyone in Premier League midfields. He’s covered the most distance, made the most passes and most tackles too. That’s seriously dominant – especially when you consider the permanently lauded N’Golo Kante plays every game for Chelsea.
But this stat revealed by Squawka shows how he’s now on par with some of the best in the world for his position..
For successful long passes, Henderson is leading any outfield player in Europe – with Real Madrid’s Toni Kroos and Bayern Munich’s Thiago Alcantra trailing him.
When will he get the credit he deserves?
Most long passes completed by midfielders in Europe’s top 5 leagues 2016/17:
Jordan Henderson (111)
Toni Kroos (102)
Thiago Alcántara (101) pic.twitter.com/mOBxkVxdxG
— Squawka Football (@Squawka) December 30, 2016