Jordan Henderson delighted fans in Liverpool’s first match of pre-season, against Thai All Stars on Tuesday, by producing a wonderful rabona assist for Adam Lallana.
The newly-appointed Liverpool captain put the ball perfectly into the path of his teammate, who took two touches before burying the ball into the bottom corner of the net. (Scroll down this page to see the video).
This was Henderson’s first appearance since Brendan Rodgers named him as the club’s new captain last week - and on the evidence of this performance the England midfielder is relishing his new responsibilities.
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Liverpool fielded two different elevens either side of half-time and went into the break 2-0 up thanks to goals from Lazar Markovic and Mamadou Sakho.
Lallana then made it 3-0, via Henderson’s excellent rabona assist, midway through the second half. Divock Origi added gloss to the scoreline in the closing stages of the match with a fourth.
Liverpool fans impressed
Vines of the rabona are currently spreading like wildfire on social media - it’s not everyday you see this type of finesse from Jordan Henderson - and here are some of the best tweets.
Perhaps being named as the cover star of FIFA 16 - and, of course, being handed the captain’s armband - has given Henderson a confidence boost.
The 25-year-old fended off competition from Chelsea’s Thibaut Courtois, Tottenham’s Harry Kane and Manchester City’s Sergio Aguero - thanks to the Reds’ passionate supporters - to win the vote.
Henderson will be on the front cover of EA Sports’ latest instalment of FIFA alongside Barcelona’s four-time Ballon d’Or winner Lionel Messi.
Henderson has silenced his critics
Filling the huge void left by former captain Steven Gerrard will not be easy for Henderson, but the former Sunderland ace has grown in stature over recent seasons.
The jury was out over Henderson following his £20 million move to Anfield from the Stadium of Light - but, through hard work, he has silenced his critics under Rodgers.
Liverpool’s convincing 4-0 win will please the club’s supporters, who are poised to receive the news they have been fearing all summer later today.
Raheem Sterling has completed his medical with Manchester City and is set to be confirmed as the Citizens’ latest player within a matter of hours.
Liverpool will receive just under £40 million for the 20-year-old winger - almost £10 million will end up with Sterling’s former club Queens Park Rangers - but confirmation of the deal will finally allow the Reds to look forward and plan for life without the wantaway England international.
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