‘He’s off the leash and he’ll be better for it’: Graeme Souness believes Jordan Henderson is now playing in his ‘best position’ after starring in Liverpool’s win against Chelsea
- Jordan Henderson assisted Sadio Mane’s goal as Liverpool beat Chelsea 2-0
- Henderson has flourished after being handed a more advanced midfield position
- The Liverpool captain spoke to Jurgen Klopp about switching his roles
Liverpool captain Jordan Henderson has been praised by Graeme Souness and Jamie Redknapp for seizing his opportunity to establish himself as one of Jurgen Klopp‘s more advanced midfielders.
Reds skipper Henderson assisted Sadio Mane’s opener in the 2-0 win over Chelsea with a ball that Redknapp described as ‘the sand wedge to get it to the back post’.
Souness, meanwhile, suggested Henderson is now in his best position as he looks to galvanise Liverpool in the Premier League title run-in.
Jordan Henderson produced another goof display as one of Liverpool’s advanced midfielders
The switch from a holding role has earned praise from Sky Sports pundit Graeme Souness
‘He’s got great energy, he’s box-to-box and he’s now off the leash and he’ll be better for it,’ Souness said on Sky Sports. ‘It’s definitely his best position. Jordan wants to be on the ball, involved and he’s got that athleticism.’
Henderson spoke to Reds boss Klopp about playing in a more advanced position before their 3-1 comeback win against Southampton.
The midfielder came off the bench and scored Liverpool’s third at St Mary’s.
‘To play as an anchor man you have to be extremely disciplined and a lot of the time you’re attracted to the ball but can’t go there. I think he’s not suited to that role at this moment in time.’
Henderson spoke to Jurgen Klopp about having an opportunity in an advanced position
The Liverpool captain assisted Mane’s opener with a chip towards the back post
Redknapp believes Klopp deserves credit for allowing Henderson a chance to prove his point in Liverpool’s midfield.
‘It’s not a case of Jurgen Klopp bowing to his captain and saying “wherever you want to play I’ll put you there.”‘ Redknapp said.
‘Henderson was on the bench at Southampton and he was given his opportunity and took his opportunity and changed the game.
‘He’s always had great energy and I think his ability with what we saw for the goal today – in the inside right channel – he can put a great cross in.
Reds boss Jurgen Klopp was also credited for how he handled moving Henderson’s position
Jamie Redknapp believes that Henderson doesn’t get enough credit for his play
‘He doesn’t get enough credit at times for his quality. That is a wonderful cross in front of the Kop. Without Jordan Henderson’s quality in the box it’s still 0-0.’
Liverpool’s 2-0 win over Chelsea returned Klopp’s men to the summit of the Premier League table but they have played a game more than Manchester City, who they are currently two points ahead of.
Liverpool play Cardiff away in the Premier League next Sunday, while City host Tottenham in Saturday’s early kick-off.
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