Jordan Henderson praises manager Brendan Rodgers

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Liverpool midfield Jordan Henderson has praised his manager Brendan Rodgers for improving his game and says he has "a lot to thank him for."

Henderson arrived at Anfield in 2011 when then-manager Kenny Dalglish purchased him from Sunderland for £16 million.

At just 20-years-old, the youngster failed to make an impact during his first season on Merseyside, with many fans doubting the hefty fee Liverpool paid for such an inexperienced player.

However, under the mentorship of Brendan Rodgers, Henderson has been nurtured into a regular in the Liverpool side and has recently been appointed vice-captain of the club after the departure of Daniel Agger.

Henderson development

Speaking to ITV, Henderson said: "I didn't really have to think about it [being appointed vice-captain], it was an amazing feeling.

"The manager spoke about (my journey) and, to be fair, he did say at the time when I wasn't playing I should take time out to focus on videos and learn tactically about the game better. And he promised he would improve me as a player.

"I have a lot to thank him for because he has done that and continues to improve me as a player.

"My tactical awareness in games needed to be better and that has improved. I try to improve every day.

"In big games tactics come into it a lot, and you see in many games we play many different formations, ways of playing and pressing and keeping the ball.

"I think I have learned a lot and I will continue to learn, but I have the coaching staff and manager to thank for that."

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Henderson has become one of Liverpool's most consistent players during the last sixth months and is now an integral member of the squad.

With Steven Gerrard in the twilight years of his career at 34, he is no longer able to get up and down the pitch like he once used to. Henderson has taken on the role and has very much made it his own. The 24-year-old has so much energy when he plays and is constantly helping out when on the attack on defending. 

Once slated by the fans, he has become now become a Kop favourite for his hard work and effort he puts in. 

He has also been rewarded on a international front and is an England regular, having started in two of England's three World Cup matches, along with competing against Norway and Switzerland during the recent international break.

Despite Henderson having stiff competition around him at Anfield in the form of Joe Allen, Adam Lallana and Emre Can, he has very much made the central role his own and you can't see him losing that role any time soon.


However, what he, his manager and the fans know is that Henderson needs to score more goals. He netted four times in the Premier League last season and the Reds will be expecting more, especially now Luis Suarez has left for Barcelona.

Henderson is now the same age as Steven Gerrard was when he carried Liverpool to Champions League glory in 2005. The Liverpool captain scored 13 goals that season in all competitions and Henderson should be aiming for a figure around the same mark.

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