Danny Murphy: This Liverpool star thriving under Jurgen Klopp
The Liverpool captain is thriving under manager Jurgen Klopp, says Danny Murphy
Danny Murphy believes Liverpool captain Jordan Henderson is thriving under Jurgen Klopp.
The 26-year-old has made a solid start to the 2016-17 season as Henderson continues to excel in a deep-lying midfield role.
The former Sunderland man has already scored one goal and has made three assists in 13 Premier League appearances.
Henderson is topping the charts in terms of passes completed after 1,154 minutes of top-flight action so far this term.
Liverpool are sitting in second place in the Premier League table and a point adrift of leaders Chelsea in the title race.
Former Reds midfielder Murphy highlighted Henderson’s influence on the Liverpool team after Saturday’s 2-0 win against his former club Sunderland.
“The reason I’ve picked him out is because he has taken on the armband which is a huge responsibility but he has also changed his role this season,” Murphy told Match Of The Day on Saturday night.
“He is playing in a holding role where he has to be much more disciplined. He used to love running forward and now he’s the one who protects. With the amount of creative players that Liverpool have in their side who love to go forward, he has to do this job well. He is really thriving.”
Henderson took over the captain’s armband from Liverpool legend Steven Gerrard in 2015.
The England midfielder moved to Liverpool from Sunderland in a £20m deal under Kenny Dalglish in 2011.
Liverpool will host Championship side Leeds United in the EFL Cup quarter-final at Anfield on Tuesday night.
The Reds will make the long trip to Bournemouth in their next Premier League game.