After a simply outstanding performance on Sunday many are finally realising the quality Jordan Henderson' possesses. Sunday demonstrated the sheer work and effort the former Sunderland midfielder has put in over the past 12 months and typified the mentality of the player after dictating a Liverpool overhaul at White Hart Lane.
Henderson as you'll remember was one of Kenny Dalglish' somewhat questionable investments after the Scot spotted the geordie's potential after a breakthrough season at childhood club Sunderland. The purchase was risky to say the least and fans of Liverpool weren't given much to shout about in 'Hendo's' first season at Anfield.
The £20 million fee Liverpool reportedly forked out for the former England U-21 captain heaped an enormous amount of pressure onto the back of the Geordie as he began a seemingly impossible campaign to win over the Anfield faithful.
Henderson was nothing more than a bit part player as games seemed to pass him by in what ended up being King Kenny's final season as the Reds slumped to a dismal 8th position in the Barclays Premier League, finishing below Merseyside rivals Everton.
Despite making 2 Cup finals, winning the League Cup wasn't enough for John W Henry and Dalglish was relieved of his duties as Head Coach of the Reds and Henderson along with almost all of the Scots buys came under scrutiny from the media and fans as the Anfield faithful looked for answers.
A new season dawned and Brendan Rodgers was named manager of the Reds after a long search for a suitable candidate. Rodgers surprisingly had nothing but praise to give for Jordan Henderson and the former Sunderland prodigy began to feature in more games under the Northern Irishman. Henderson started to show glimpses of his potential as the Reds flourished in the second half of Rodgers' debut season but again found himself on the receiving end.
Rodgers seemed to have a huge impact on the English international and confidence seemed to be flowing but after a simply horrifying Euro campaign with England U-21s Henderson was again written off by almost everyone, again Rodgers consistently backed 'Hendo' and after a flying start to the 2013/14 campaign many Reds supporters were shocked by the impact he had on the team.
The work-rate, mentality and quality he demonstrated was simply sublime after being knocked back on several occasions in such a short space of time. It would of been easy for him to give up but the hard work and dedication Henderson put into getting his career back on track couldn't go ignored as he blossomed into a mature, talented Liverpool regular.
Brendan Rodgers' faith has more than paid off on a player who seemed to be nothing more then an average squad player. In recent performances the confidence is running through the veins of Jordan Henderson and after a Man of the Match display against Spurs, Roy Hodgson will surely be sniffing around the 23-year-old as a potential Brazil 2014 squad member.
He recently won himself a call-up for the international friendlies against Germany and Chile and after impressing in his brief appearances, Tom Cleverley should be worrying about the presence of Liverpool talisman. On current form Henderson is heads and shoulders above the United man.
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