Reds boss Jurgen Klopp believes that Liverpool captain Jordan Henderson is finally getting the respect he deserves.
It has been a big six months for Henderson, who has lifted the UEFA Champions League, UEFA Super Cup and the FIFA Club World Cup.
There is also a serious possibility that Henderson could be the first Liverpool captain to lift the Premier League title, as the Reds possess a 13-point lead at the top of the table with two games in hand.
Liverpool face Wolverhampton Wanderers in the Premier League at the Molineux Stadium tonight, and Klopp has been full of praise for his captain ahead of the clash.
“People maybe need to get used to that – that somebody who is not Steven Gerrard has the captain’s armband – and he didn’t get the credit he would have deserved,” said Klopp, as quoted by the Telegraph.
“But since I am here, Hendo has played 90% of the games he was available, if not more.
“I thought he played an exceptional season last season, to be honest.
“They were big, big steps. There were a lot of good games which were not seen as good games before that. I got told that, I didn’t realise it, so thank God somebody told me so I could help him maybe a little bit to judge these things right.
“With Jordan, I don’t read newspapers, but I heard that people were not happy with this or this or this and I could then react to that. It’s important that I can say I’m completely happy with the performance even when the public perception is different – you get grades that look like you weren’t really relevant on the pitch and if I see it differently, then I tell it to the players. I know exactly what was expected so it’s the more important feedback. If you fulfilled that job, it’s good.
“If he scores two goals, but other things went wrong for example, then I would tell him as well. That’s what a coach does. I need to know about these things so I can work with it.”
It is great to see Klopp giving his captain some respect. Henderson has not had it easy at Liverpool since making the move from Sunderland back in 2011.
Despite Henderson dramatically improving as the years have gone by, he has struggled to win some of the Anfield faithful over. He is by no means a superstar, but he deserves more respect than what people give him.
His passing range, alongside his ability to run, remain his greatest strengths as a player. However, many simply ignore that he has quality.