Jordan Henderson has been playing out of position since the start of the 2016/17 season.
The skipper has been deployed by Jurgen Klopp as a no.6 – a player whose job is to hold the base of the midfield, pass simply and cover for those in front of him.
He’s done it well – but it was never where Hendo made his name – at either Sunderland or during his better seasons at Liverpool under Brendan Rodgers.
He was a box-to-box midfielder with energy, the odd goal and an eye for a telling pass!
Tonight v FC Porto, he’s been used ahead of Fabinho and done extraordinarily well.
Hendo made our second goal with a delicious pass to Trent Alexander-Arnold, who crossed to Roberto Firmino to tap in – and made another for Sadio Mane – who was ruled just offside.
Fans on Twitter were delighted by what they saw, with many asking why he’s not been used as a no.8 a little more under Klopp!
Fabinho unlocking Henderson, who’s unlocking Keïta.
Poetry in motion, mate. #LFC
— Ben Webb (@BenWebbLFC) April 9, 2019
Henderson thriving in a more advanced role is no surprise. Last time he played a full season in that position (14/15) he contributed 21 goals/assists.
— Joel Rabinowitz (@joel_archie) April 9, 2019
Jordan Henderson channelling his inner Dimitar Berbatov there. Plucks a TAA pass out the sky and releases Firmino, whose touch is heavy.
— Neil Jones (@neiljonesgoal) April 9, 2019
Jordan Henderson relishing a more attacking role in this Liverpool side. pic.twitter.com/5GKBuNRuqh
— Oliver Bond (@Oliver__Bond) April 9, 2019
— Sabah (@Sabah07) April 9, 2019
Henderson having a great game 👏🏼
— Jay Doyle (@JayDoyle7) April 9, 2019
WHY HAS HENDERSON BEEN A NO.6 FOR THREE SEASONS?! 😆
— Empire of the Kop (@empireofthekop) April 9, 2019
Jordan Henderson has been world class. Best player on the pitch 👏👏 #LFC
— AK (@AMKANE7) April 9, 2019