Henderson becoming important Liverpool player, says Aldridge

Former Liverpool striker John Aldridge believes Jordan Henderson is now a vital part of Brendan Rodgers' first-team

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John Aldridge has heaped praise on Jordan Henderson for turning around his ailing Liverpool career after the midfielder scored in a 2-1 win at Aston Villa on Sunday.

The England international cancelled out Christian Benteke’s first-half opener before Steven Gerrard scored the winner from the penalty spot to secure a vital three points.

Henderson, who joined Liverpool in a £20m deal from Sunderland in 2011, has scored four goals in 37 appearances this season after breaking back into Brendan Rodgers’s starting line-up in recent months.

And former forward Aldridge has been impressed by Henderson’s recent revival, adding that the England Under-21 captain is now a vital part of the Reds’ first-team.

“He was quick, purposeful, decisive, and his finish was clinical,” Aldridge wrote in his column for the Liverpool Echo.

“People couldn’t see why the club had spent so much money on him; they didn’t see what he brought to the team; and they questioned the logic of his signing. They aren’t questioning him now.

“He’s improving every time he pulls on a red shirt, and I do think he’s becoming a very important player for this team.

“It speaks volumes that supporters are more disappointed when he is not in the team these days then when he is.”

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