Liverpool assistant manager Steve Clarke has hailed the impact of Jordan Henderson since his arrival in the summer transfer window.

The England international played the role of provider in mid-week, crossing for Luis Suarez to net the winner against Stoke City in the Carling Cup.

The reported £20 million signing from Liverpool has done his burgeoning reputation the world of good since his move to Anfield, and Clarke says he's more than just an investment for the future.

"Luis did all the hard work himself for the first goal, but it was a fantastic first time ball in from Jordan Henderson for the second goal," he said.

"A pass like that catches the defence unaware; if Jordan has a touch on the bals and then tries to cross it, the defenders have time to adjust and maybe you don't get the goal.

"That's why the club has made an investment in Jordan. He's one for the future, but he's one for now as well.

"He's got great qualities; he loves working on his game and he wants to get better all the time, and for a young player, that's a fantastic attribute".

The meeting at The Hawthorns this weekend is another opportunity for Roy Hodgson to show Liverpool what they're missing, as his West Bromwich Albion side look for back-to-back wins over Kenny Dalglish's side.

Following his sacking mid-way through last season, Reds legends Kevin Keegan says Hodgson has nothing to prove when the two sides colide.

"I'm sure Roy doesn't feel he has anything to prove and he moved on very quickly; he will have put his travails at Liverpool down to it being wrong place, wrong time," Keegan said.

"I admired him for not shying away from what was a real challenge at West Brom, who were down at the wrong end of the table when he took charge - people like Roy just want to be involved in the game and Liverpool's loss was certainly West Brom's gain."

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