Jurgen Klopp has praised Liverpool captain Jordan Henderson after the midfielder scored a rare goal to secure all three points against Southampton on Friday night.
Mohamed Salah’s solo strike had put the Reds in front late on before Henderson powered into the box to score his first goal of the season and put the game beyond doubt.
And Klopp was quick to hail his skipper’s impact on the game.
“That goal meant so much to him and to us. He’s just a fantastic boy. He deserves all the praise but he doesn’t get too much of it,” Klopp said.
“Hendo, from my point of view, is a brilliant player. He’s our skipper, he’s a fantastic character. If I had to write a book about Hendo, it would be 500 pages.
“So I’m very positive. The most difficult job in the last 500 years of football was to replace Steven Gerrard. In the mind of the people it was like if it’s not Stevie, then it’s not good enough.
“And he has dealt with that outstandingly well so he can be really proud. Now we have to think of the future and he is a very important part of our team.”
“I’ve seen him a lot like that. That’s Jordan, that’s him,” added Klopp.
“When I came in and thought first about the team, Hendo was a box-to-box player. We made him a No.6 and that’s good. I think it’s helped him a lot to play in different positions.
“I told him already that that doesn’t mean he will never play as a No.6 again. He thinks it makes sense, and that’s absolutely true. We play different systems.
“Millie and Hendo were both really pumped up. It helped us a lot.”