Jordan Henderson will be starting for England today against Panama, following his superb performance in the opening match of the World Cup v Tunisia.
Liverpool’s skipper will anchor the midfield, allowing Jesse Lingard and Ruben Loftus-Cheek to bomb forward and support the attack.
The reason for Henderson’s positive performances have partly been because he’s been fully fit, which bar the past few months, is not something we’ve been able to say much over the past three years.
And that’s because he’s not been able to shake off niggling injuries, which has partly been down to the player’s own insistence at getting himself on the pitch!
According to Gareth Southgate, Jurgen Klopp has called him up on multiple occasions and pleased with England’s boss to take him off!
Southgate on Henderson's commitment to play through injuries: "What normally happens is that Jordan plays through and then I get a noisy call from Jurgen (Klopp) saying why didn't you take him off!" #eng #lfc
— Henry Winter (@henrywinter) June 23, 2018
Considering how many times Liverpool players return from England duty crocked, this is hardly surprising!
But we do want Henderson to do well at the World Cup and feature deep into the tournament, primarily so the rest of the country realises what kind of footballer and person he is.
For too long he’s been the butt of poor jokes for absolutely no reason whatsoever.
Liverpool and England are lucky to have him.