Jordan Henderson has come on leaps and bounds under Jurgen Klopp, not only as a player but as a leader as well.
Liverpool’s midfield maestro has earned the right to wear the armband this season with his dominant displays with the ball at his feet and with the influence he has had as skipper.
The Reds captain has been the leading implementer of the kind of professional attitude and focused approach that Klopp demands from his players.
Speaking about this weekend’s FA Cup third round tie against Plymouth in ‘This is Anfield’ via Liverpoolfc.com, he said: “Later this month we face Manchester United at Old Trafford and Chelsea here at Anfield. Our attitude in building up to those fixtures will be identical to today. It has to be. If you don’t treat the competition and opponent with respect it will come back to bite you.”
“In the dressing room we realise that representing Liverpool brings a responsibility and that means our approach and attitude today, whoever is named in the starting XI, has to be spot on.”
Ensuring this attitude does not change is likely to be left up to to Liverpool’s youth stars with Klopp expected to rest his usual starters, including Henderson.
The competition for places at the club and the potential of some of our youngsters to have successful careers at Anfield is certain to make sure that there will be nothing less than maximum effort from the players today.
Plymouth are not to be underestimated either as they enter the game in second place in League Two. It will be a test for what promises to be an inexperienced Liverpool lineup.