BBC Sport pundit praises Liverpool FC star for being ‘true professional’

Paul Ince praises Jordan Henderson's performance from the bench in Liverpool FC's 3-1 win at Southampton on Friday

Jordan Henderson (Photo: The Sport Review)
Jordan Henderson (Photo: The Sport Review)

Paul Ince has lavished praise on Jordan Henderson for his professionalism after the Liverpool FC captain came off the bench to help seal a 3-1 win at Southampton on Friday night.

Jurgen Klopp opted to drop his trusted midfield stewards Henderson and James Milner for the trip to the south coast in the Premier League in pursuit of vital win.

Naby Keita justified his inclusion with a first-half equaliser after Republic of Ireland international Shane Long broke the deadlock for the Saints in the first half.

The Liverpool FC manager brought on Henderson and Milner in the second half with three points at stake but it was Mohamed Salah who fired the Reds into a narrow lead.

Henderson completed a 3-1 win with a close-range finish after the Reds skipper timed his run into the box to perfection to score his first Premier League goal of the season.

The Reds star has found his first-team opportunities somewhat limited this season following the arrival of Fabinho, who moved to Liverpool FC from AS Monaco last summer.

Former Liverpool FC midfielder Ince was full of praise for Henderson after his excellent performance from the bench in Friday night’s 3-1 win at Southampton.

“When he came on, like a true professional that he is, he set an example,” Ince said on Match of the Day.

“I thought he was outstanding. It’s easy to come on when you’re not playing and sulk. But Jordan was like, ‘no, it’s not just about me, this is about the team’.

“It was a Bryan Robson-esque run into the box [for his goal]. You don’t see this anymore from midfield players. Box-to-box. This is a goal he thoroughly deserves because his performance warranted it.

“Here [for his celebration], I never have seen him go this mad. It’s like a man possessed. You can see what it means to him. He is saying to Klopp, ‘I want to start, I’m captain of the football club’.”

Liverpool FC have never won the Premier League title and haven’t got their hands on the English top flight trophy since 1990.

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