Frank Lampard praises Liverpool FC star for answering questions in World Cup opener
The Chelsea FC legend raves about Liverpool FC captain Jordan Henderson's performance in England's 2-1 win against Tunisia
Frank Lampard believes Jordan Henderson answered his critics with a talismanic performance in England’s 2-1 win agains Tunisia in their World Cup opener on Monday night.
The Liverpool FC captain was named in Gareth Southgate’s team in a holding role ahead of Tottenham Hotspur star Eric Dier for their opening clash against the African side.
Henderson has often been criticised for his lack of adventure in the middle of the park, while the 27-year-old isn’t particularly creative in his central midfield role.
However, the Reds star produced an astute performance to set the tempo for England in their narrow victory over Tunisia on Monday night.
Tottenham striker Harry Kane scored either side of half-time to help England secure three points in their World Cup opener.
Former Chelsea FC star Lampard was impressed with Henderson’s performance in England’s opening win in Russia.
“He played very well [against Tunisia]. He carried on his recent form with Liverpool,” Lampard told BBC Sport.
“With Jordan Henderson, I probably wasn’t sure what kind of midfielder player he was a few years ago, something of an all-rounder. But he’s certainly a leader, on and off the pitch, and he’s shown a real intelligence in that role and he’s got great drive in him.
“The one question you mentioned there is: can he release and unlock that pass a little earlier? We saw that he can tonight. You need the passing and the movement behind the lines, and we had that.”
Henderson played a key role in Liverpool FC’s run to the Champions League final after the Reds beat FC Porto, Manchester City and AS Roma in the knockout stage.
Liverpool FC suffered a 3-1 loss to La Liga giants Real Madrid in the Champions League showpiece last month.
The Reds have signed Brazil international Fabinho in a £39m deal in the summer transfer window.