Jordan Henderson: The Unsung Hero.
The youngster has lurked in the shadows of the club since arriving from Sunderland in 2011 for a reported fee of £16 million. He was labelled initially a flop, however in recent games and this current season, has proved his worth.
Surprisingly, he has made 94 appearances for the club and has a decent return with 10 goals.This season he has been arguably one of Liverpool's best players, and is most definitely a significant contributor to the epicentre of the club's success, alongside Daniel Sturridge, Steven Gerrard and Luis Suarez.
The 23-year-old has overcome severe criticism from British managerial legend: Sir Alex Ferguson, to instigate perhaps the resurrection of Liverpool FC. There are several reasons for his success: -His passing, athleticism and drive to get around the pitch being chief contributors.
This season Jordan Henderson has assisted six goals and converted on three occasions in 27 appearances. Also he has had a combined total of 43 shots, a more than respectable tally for a versatile, box-to-box midfielder.
He is a playmaker and has an accurate pass completion rate which currently stands at 86.6%, completing He has a sizeable 644 passes with a whopping average length of 17m. Despite being an recognised attacking player, he does his fair share in defence, with a total of 73% of tackles attempted won.
This season he has created 18 clear-cut chances, a fair amount. However, like any other footballer, he has his flaws. His crossing is poor, as he has completed a mere 10.8% of his attempted crosses this season, attempting 25 and finishing only 3. Another of his flaws are his shots, he has claimed only 33.30% of shots on target.
Although born with natural talent, he has definitely harvested his potential by the sheer desire he exhibits in the world of football. His flair, drive and determination. He has covered a significant amount of distance, and despite being labelled as an individual with and 'odd running style' by Alex Ferguson, has displayed monumental drive.
In a recent interview, he revealed that he required people to tell him when to stop in training, as he just works and works, tries and tries, and never relieves his self from the pressure and desire of professional football. He is a professional player and a model of what every player should aim for in terms of attitude and effort.
Finally, he has gelled infinitely well with relatively new acquisitions and long-term club members made by the club. Luis Suarez, Daniel Sturridge, Phillippe Coutinho and Steven Gerrard, in particular have all established a thorough sense of camaraderie with Henderson.
The 'SAS' partnership has been lethal this season, and Henderson has been involved heavily in the build-play responsible for the goals. In midfield, he, Gerrard and Coutinho have been instrumental, and their passing at times hypnotically accurate and fluent. Combined, all these players have seen their club rise to contention for the league title, and although ambitious, it is still plausible.
Furthermore, it is seeming increasingly likely that they are destined to secure a coveted Champions League spot.
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