The Reds midfielder is banned for their next three Premier League games after receiving a straight red card for a dangerous tackle on Samir Nasri during Liverpool’s 3-2 victory over Manchester City.
He covers more ground than any Liverpool player and though he is not necessarily a tackler, he is a hassler, intercepts and forces mistakes
The 23-year-old has been one of the key figures behind Liverpool’s surge to the top of the Premier League table, scoring four goals and making seven assists in 34 Premier League appearances.
And former Liverpool midfielder Redknapp stressed the importance of Henderson to the Reds ahead of their trip to Norwich City on Sunday.
“Jordan Henderson is like Steven Gerrard’s guard dog. The captain lets him off the leash and Henderson goes pounding after the ball,” Redknapp wrote in his Daily Mail column.
“I can’t recall a more improved player in the Barclays Premier League in the past 10 years. So how will Liverpool cope without him for the next three games?
“Henderson, who looked like he was on his way out of Liverpool earlier in the season, is suspended — starting with Sunday’s game at Norwich. They will miss his high-energy pressing game.
He added: “With Daniel Sturridge also likely to be out, it gives Brendan Rodgers a problem. Of course, with Philippe Coutinho and Raheem Sterling in good form — and Luis Suarez, who loves playing against Norwich — Liverpool should have enough. But Henderson also misses matches against Chelsea and Crystal Palace.
“You cannot overestimate what Henderson has brought to the team. He presses the ball high up the pitch, sacrifices himself for his team-mates and makes opponents rush; they have to play when they don’t want to because he is in and around them, chasing them down and pressuring the ball.
“He covers more ground than any Liverpool player and though he is not necessarily a tackler, he is a hassler, intercepts and forces mistakes.”
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