Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp has paid tribute to captain Jordan Henderson, labelling him as a 'brilliant player.'
Speaking to Liverpool.com, the revered coach, who watched his side pick up a remarkable 5-4 victory over Premier League strugglers Norwich City at Carrow Road this past weekend, has insisted that Henderson is the 'perfect professional' and has a great attitude.
Henderson, of course, has had a mixed start to life under Klopp - he has struggled with injury throughout the course of the campaign - but has enjoyed a prominent role recently.
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Klopp certainly believes that his skipper is an integral member of his squad; the former Borussia Dortmund coach stated: “There's no doubt about the importance of Hendo. He's a brilliant player, I like his style.
“A player like Hendo needs physical fitness, of course he's not at 100 per cent but his mentality helps him and us to keep on working with him because I think a lot of players in the football world would have struggled with the [injury] problems he's had.
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“But he's a really fighter and it's very important for us and for the team that he wants to be available for us. Always with everything he can do, he's available. For him it's the early part of the season because he had a long break with his heel injury.
“He's a perfect professional football player and I love his attitude, that's really great for us."
In fact, Klopp has insisted that Henderson's goal at Carrow Road - the England international struck moments after the Canaries had taken a 3-1 lead - was a key factor in the game.
The Liverpool boss continued by saying: “And in that game especially, the goal was in a moment when I think Norwich were celebrating in their minds [immediately after scoring]. We didn't play too well in this moment and it seemed to be very easy to beat us, but then he woke up everybody with his goal.
“It was not only the goal, it was the cross of Clyney, the pass from Roberto and in the end it was a really brilliant finish.”
Henderson's role in this Liverpool side should only grow over the coming months and years. Already stamping his mark on proceedings, the 25-year-old should continue to act as a positive influence on Merseyside.
Comparisons with his predecessor Steven Gerrard will naturally be made, but the former Sunderland man is doing things his way. Liverpool still have a long way to go in pursuit of redemption; however, with Henderson and Klopp leading the way, they could return to the big time at some point in the not too distant future.
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