Jordan Henderson has turned a special focus towards Philippe Coutinho for his standout role in Liverpool’s 3-2 win over Leicester.
While the Reds skipper didn’t steal the headlines in the same manner as the Brazilian, who scored one and assisted another, he did also prove to be a pivotal figure in leading his team to a vital win.
Besides finishing off a second-half counterattack to put Jurgen Klopp’s men 3-1 up, Henderson was influential in resisting late pressure from Leicester and ensuring his side’s work rate did not drop off.
The midfielder has, rather selflessly, paid tribute to his teammates rather than his own promising performance.
When asked about Coutinho, he told BT Sport: “He’s a fantastic player, he produces magical things at crucial times in the game and you see that today.”
“He was brilliant in midweek and he’s been brilliant since he’s been back in so hopefully he can keep going for the rest of the season.”
“We dug in right until the end and showed great character to see the game out. We can do better but it’s still an improvement.”
“I felt we defended well for the majority of the game and obviously Si [Mignolet] made a brilliant save from the penalty.”
“We played some brilliant stuff, especially first half when we were two goals up, which we deserved.”
“I think overall we’re delighted with the result in the end as well as the performance and we’re looking forward to the next game now.”
It wasn’t just a much-needed victory for Liverpool, but also a much-needed standout performance from Henderson himself.
The captain has endured a stuttering start to the new season but caught the eye with a display that teased traits of him at his best.
He set the tone for the aggression and intensity that played a key role in helping see the game out, not to mention scoring Liverpool’s decisive third after showing the ambition to break forward late on.