BBC pundit compares Jordan Henderson to Liverpool FC legend
Spurs legend Garth Crooks singles out Liverpool FC captain Jordan Henderson for special praise
Garth Crooks likened Jordan Henderson’s performance in Liverpool FC’s 2-0 win over Newcastle United to Reds legend Steven Gerrard.
The England international has proven a controversial figure at the Anfield outfit due to his cautious style of play.
Indeed, Henderson struggled to impress following his £20m move to Liverpool FC from Sunderland in 2011.
The versatile midfielder came into his own under Brendan Rodgers during the 2013-14 season before he was appointed Liverpool FC captain following Gerrard’s departure to LA Galaxy in 2015.
Henderson has struggled with a string of injury problems over the past few seasons but has still managed to play a key role under Rodgers’ successor Brendan Rodgers at the Anfield outfit.
The 27-year-old was particularly impressive in Liverpool FC’s 2-0 win against Newcastle United last weekend as the Reds cemented their place in the top four.
Former Spurs forward Crooks heaped praise on Henderson for his dominant performance.
“We know he can run all day, he is committed and puts his foot in,” Crooks told BBC Sport.
“However, it was Jordan Henderson’s ability to do what Steven Gerrard used to do every week for years at Liverpool – to ‘spread the love’ – that stood out against Newcastle.
“Henderson’s ability to hit every pass in the coaching manual was clearly evident against the Magpies. If the Liverpool captain keeps playing like this he’s a must for England’s starting line-up in Russia.”
Liverpool FC finished in fourth place in the Premier League table last term to secure a return to the Champions League after a two-season absence.
The Reds signed Netherlands international Virgil van Dijk in a £75m deal from Southampton in the January transfer window to bolster their defence.