Back in 2009, Jordan Henderson was one of England’s most exciting prospects.
Having recovered from a broken metatarsal, the young midfielder established himself as one of Sunderland’s best players.
It was no real surprise that the then 20-year-old was attracting interest from both Manchester United and Liverpool.
It was Liverpool that eventually won the battle to sign Henderson after then manager, and club legend, Kenny Dalglish decided to part with £20 million to bring the England starlet to Anfield.
Initially, the challenge of playing for one of the Premier Leagues biggest teams seemed a step too far for him, and the £20m investment seemed a poor piece of business.
However, during the past year or so Henderson has slowly, but surely became an important player for Liverpool.
The 23-year-old has appeared in every one of the club’s 16 league games this season, and has claimed three assists and one goal so far this campaign.
Henderson’s growing stature in the Liverpool team is very similar to that of Manchester United’s Michael Carrick.
Both players struggled to live up to their price tag for a while before becoming two of the most vital players for Liverpool and United respectively.
Henderson played a huge part in Liverpool’s 5-0 drubbing of Tottenham Hotspur at White Hart Lane on Sunday, grabbing himself a goal.
If Henderson is to keep up his good run of form, there could be a potential call-up to Roy Hodgson's World Cup squad on the horizon.
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