Before we begin, we actually think Jordan Henderson did well yesterday against Watford…
His red-card was a little unnecessary, but we had more control in midfield than we’ve had recently with the skipper out of the side.
It’s not Hendo’s job to provide endless central creativity – we’ve got four elite attackers and two onrushing fullbacks to do that – so the fact we remained solid defensively and dominated possession is a testament to his performance level.
But it is a fact that he does turn down offensive passing opportunities on occasion – and Ian Wright picked out a moment when this happened on Match of the Day – which you can watch in the tweet below.
Good analysis from Ian Wright on our build up play.
This from Hendo is why some say he's far too safe on the ball. Someone explain to me why he doesn't pass it to Sadio here. pic.twitter.com/NwDImV29io
— Joseph Cousins (@JCuzzy1) November 24, 2018
If Hendo had played Mane in then, the Senegalese would have likely been able to get himself one-on-one – or at least in a position to square it to one of his team-mates.
But in reality there’s endless situations like this during games – which can only be noticed when paused on a TV screen. During the game, we didn’t think Hendo did anything wrong here, such is the limited amount of time he has to make the decision.
Can he improve? Yes… Is he anywhere near as poor as the idiots on Twitter who abuse him every week suggest? Of course not.