It's been some seven years since Xabi Alonso left Liverpool, but he's still something of a cult figure at Anfield.
The World Cup winner was a lynchpin in the Reds' midfield for many years, forming a brilliant partnership with former captain Steven Gerrard.
The club have never quite been able to replace the pair, but for the first time in a little while, their midfield is now looking rather formidable under Jurgen Klopp.
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That's thanks in no small part to the resurgence of Jordan Henderson, who after a difficult start on Merseyside is proving an outstanding captain, earning himself the England armband for the recent international break.
Despite moving on from Liverpool, first to Real Madrid and subsequently to Bayern Munich, Alonso clearly still keeps an eye on their exploits, and it's fair to say he's been hugely impressed with Henderson.
“It’s not just the performances on the pitch, from the outside it looks like he (Henderson) has taken the leading role in the changing room," Alonso told the club's official website.
“After Stevie (Gerrard), he got the captain’s armband and he wanted to try to continue what they did, and he’s managing it so far. With Klopp and Lucas (Leiva) as well, he’s doing well.
“Jordan has so much energy, he plays well and he’s very complete. Not just as a holding midfielder, he’s able to get closer to the box. He’s becoming a very important player.”
Henderson might have some way to go if he's to become a player of Alonso or Gerrard's quality, but his transformation has been key to Liverpool's successful start to the season.
Jurgen Klopp's side have lost just one league game, an early 2-0 defeat to Burnley. They will be hoping to continue their fine run of form against Manchester United on Monday night, and the skipper could make a big difference as the Reds aim to go joint top with Manchester City and Arsenal.
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