Jurgen Klopp has launched a staunch defence of captain Jordan Henderson, who has come in for serious criticism from both neutrals and Liverpool fans the past few weeks.
During our run of four games without a win, which thankfully ended on Saturday at the King Power Stadium, Henderson struggled – but arguably no more than some of his team-mates.
At the weekend though, he put in an inspirational captain’s performance, scoring a goal, covering every blade of grass and leading by example.
He actually had three times the number of touches midfield partner Gini Wijnaldum did.
Klopp doesn’t understand why Hendo’s been given a hard-time at all…
“It makes no sense. Criticism? I don’t know,” he told the Echo. “All the responsibility Hendo gets at LFC and the international team, and still not the most experienced player. He’s still at the very good age when he can improve a lot.
“Unfortunately, when you have the armband, you lot think be perfect or give it away.”
Like Klopp, at EOTK we think the reaction to Hendo’s start to this season has been irrational, unhelpful and at times, disrespectful.
Yes, he’s not Steven Gerrard, but how many other English central midfielders are?
We’d prefer him to play the ball faster and break the lines more often, but other than that, think he’s an important player in our system going forward.
More importantly, the manager does too.