Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers has paid thanks to predecessor Kenny Dalglish for sanctioning the signing of Jordan Henderson, who is finally displaying why £16 million worth of faith was put in him some two-and-a-half years ago.
Henderson was recruited by the Reds from Sunderland during the summer transfer window of 2011 but has offered rare glimpses of the talent Dalglish hoped he had acquired on completion of the sizeable deal.
This season in particular, however, Henderson has been able to flourish under the tutelage of Rodgers and played a pivotal role in the 5-0 Liverpool destruction of Tottenham at White Hart Lane on Sunday.
The 23-year-old left London with the man-of-the-match award and both his and Liverpool's credentials significantly enhanced, and Rodgers claims it was only a matter of time until Henderson was able to prove his worth of the Anfield club.
"It was a great buy by Kenny,” Rodgers told reporters. "Jordan didn’t set the fee, for which he’s taken a lot of criticism, but he’s 23, he’s six foot one, he can run all day and technically he’s very strong.
"Tactically, his understanding of when to press and when to stay is getting better all the time.”
Henderson has started all 16 games for Liverpool in the Premier League this season and has been able to contribute one goal - coming against Spurs - along with three assists.