Reds centre-back Virgil van Dijk has stated that the work Liverpool captain Jordan Henderson does for the side does not go unnoticed by his teammates.

Henderson has received a lot of criticism from supporters during his Liverpool career. Regardless of that being the case, he has been a crucial cog in Jurgen Klopp’s starting XI.

Henderson has had a solid 2019-20 season thus far, but Van Dijk believes the Englishman has been an influence on and off the pitch for a number of years, whether those on the outside have noticed it or not.

“Jordan is such an important player for this team,” Van Dijk told The Athletic.

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BOURNEMOUTH, ENGLAND – DECEMBER 07: Mohamed Salah, Xherdan Shaqiri, Virgil van Dijk, Jordan Henderson, James Milner and Trent Alexander-Arnold of Liverpool wait to take a free kick during the Premier League match between AFC Bournemouth and Liverpool FC at Vitality Stadium on December 07, 2019 in Bournemouth, United Kingdom. (Photo by Catherine Ivill/Getty Images)

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“I think the contribution he makes goes unnoticed sometimes. I don’t know if he’s under-appreciated outside the club, but inside the club I know how highly we all think of him. He’s our captain and he always leads by example.

“He created the second goal [against Salzburg midweek] with a great pass and always works so hard for the team.

“He’s been at the club for a number of years and we all appreciate what he does for Liverpool, both on and off the pitch. He’s a leader.”

Henderson is captain of the side that is currently eight points clear at the top of the Premier League table after 16 matches.

If Liverpool were to claim the league come the end of the season, Henderson would be the first captain to lift the title since Alan Hansen did in 1989-90.

Henderson, who has already lifted the Champions League trophy, would arguably go down as one of the best captains to play at the club if the Reds clinched the league title this season.

To win both the Premier League and the Champions League is difficult, but Henderson has every opportunity to win both as captain of the Anfield club.

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