07 Apr Liverpool news: Henderson has had’the hardest job in the past 500 years old football’ – Klopp
The Liverpool boss confessed his skipper’s conclusion and personality following the Premier League victory over Southampton
Liverpool director Jurgen Klopp has hailed Jordan Henderson’s mindset following the midfielder bagged the Reds’ third, and final, goal against Southampton, stating that the captain has “the hardest job in the past 500 years old football.”
The former Sunderland man was released as a second-half replacement on Friday night along with his late attack guaranteed Liverpool transferred back to the peak of the desk with a 3-1 success.
The target was Henderson’s first since September 2017 and has been a much-needed one for the Liverpool captain, who seems to have fallen down the pecking order at Anfield within the duration of the effort in a crowded midfield.
“That goal meant a lot to him to us,” said director Jurgen Klopp in the conclusion of the match.
“He is only a wonderful boy. He deserves all of the praise but he does not get a lot of it,” said Klopp.
“Hendo, from my perspective, is a fantastic player. He is our skipper, he is a wonderful personality. If I needed to write a novel about Hendo, it’d be 500 pages”
The 28-year old is among those very few players left from Liverpool’s botched name bid in 2014, which is frequently recalled for longtime captain and club talisman Steven Gerrard’s infamous slide against Chelsea.
Henderson substituted Gerrard as captain once he left the club a year later and has regularly had to bend the burden of anticipation from fans.
“I am really optimistic,” said Klopp. “The hardest job in the past 500 years old football was to substitute Steven Gerrard. In the brain of these folks it was similar to’if it is not Stevie, then it is not good enough’.
“And he’s dealt with this outstandingly well so that he could be very proud. Today we must consider the future and he’s a really significant part our team.
“Once I arrived and thought first on the team, Hendo was a box-to-box participant. We made him a No.6 and that is great.
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“I think that it’s helped him a great deal to play in various positions. I told him that doesn’t mean that he won’t ever play as a six . He believes it is logical, and that is absolutely correct. We perform various systems. Milly [James Milner] and Hendo were equally pumped up. It helped us a lot”
Friday’s win guaranteed Liverpool moved two points clear on peak of the table with only five matches left, though Manchester City don’t have a game in hand on their own title-rivals.
Next up for the Merseysiders is your first leg of the Champions League quarter-final tie at Porto, which occurs in Anfield on Tuesday.