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No Lucas-Style Redemption For This Midfielder…Yet

Date: 28th January 2013 at 5:30 pm
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Liverpool midfielder Jordan Henderson celebratesIN the summer of 2011, when first signed for Liverpool Football Club I admit to being remarkably disturbed by how much we paid for him.

I knew absolutely zero about the guy. That isn’t because of my ignorance of anything outside of the club I’ve loved since I was born, but more so the fact that his rise had been pretty unremarkable.

Here was a lad, playing in the first-team at his home-town club – Sunderland – who was impressing many with the fact that he was a regular in the side at a young age, but wasn’t exactly pulling up trees.

After what was a very, very – very – mediocre first season, Jordan has been slightly more impressive this year. A run of some improved performances was capped by maybe his best in a Red shirt against Norwich just over a week ago, which had many waxing about his brilliant strike to get us up and running.

In the past week I’ve heard many paying him tribute with comparisons to Lucas in the sense that he has overcome his nay-sayers in the same way.

Unfortunately, I’m here to downplay things a little for you. Sure, he’s been pretty decent lately, but he is not even close to the same ball-park as Lucas just yet.

Following his signing some years ago, Lucas was practically hounded out of the club, such was the extent of the outright hatred the midfielder received from our fans. I was often appalled at his treatment, such was the unwarranted vitriol aimed at the young Brazilian in his early days.

However, Lucas gradually won people over.  It was a combination of hard-work, adapting to his cultural surroundings and getting used to Premier League football. The icing on the cake for many was an early season performance last year when Lucas utterly dominated Man City’s expensive midfield, more or less single-handedly.  It’s a performance I will remember fondly for years – he was like a force that literally could not be reckoned with on that day.


He is so important to the club (and the fans, too) now that whenever he even slightly limps during a match, we all cringe. That is how you know when you’ve got a player that is one of the first names on the team sheet every week.

And it is for his reason that I say this: Jordan Henderson is not quite there yet. Sure, his second season has started somewhat more impressively, but a couple of goals and looking a little bit more like you’re ‘up for it’ doesn’t mean you’ve made it at this club.

I’ve been much more impressed with the midfielder’s attitude this season; he appears to understand much more what is expected of a Liverpool footballer but he’s still a long way off being made of the right stuff.

He clearly has the ability and his technique is quite impressive (for an English player!) but I want at least a full season of impressive performances before I’ll equate him with players like Lucas, Gerrard and Suarez.

So, until the season is over, he’s still on a trial period for me, particularly given the hefty sum we splashed out on him, but if he continues to improve and carries on chipping in the odd assist and goal then I will happily accept him as a player I misjudged. Until that day arrives, though, the jury (or mine, at least) is still very much out on ‘Hendo’.


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29 thoughts on “No Lucas-Style Redemption For This Midfielder…Yet

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  • Hud
    2 years ago

    allen has got to go , maybe Hendo has some potential ,but Allen Not

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  • ozred
    2 years ago

    Henderson has looked better in his second year at the club than Lucas did in his second year.

    Nobody’s saying he’s at the level of Lucas yet. Just that he’s showing some clear signs of improvement through shear work and determination – which is very similar to the Lucas story.

    He’s a player who a serious club doesn’t spend $16m on but that’s done now. Is miles off being anything like $16m worth but the arrow is pointing in the right direction at least.

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  • James D
    2 years ago

    Would Ferguson give crap player more than 20 games ? NO WAY
    Ferguson gave Kleberson 20 games b4 getting rid , and he was better than Allen by a mile . Macheda played 19 games b4 being dumped and he did way more than Borini has . Park got 6 games for Arsenal b4 being dumped

    Good managers dont keep players who are not performing they get rid

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  • steo
    2 years ago

    the money for transfares has dryed up because of th owners. they wont buy because they have a policy that has flaws, over the short term, like sell all your top earners “4 penuts, or free” to save on wages, then in 5 or 10 years ower team will have got more experience and be sold for a profet “like some north london club” . i hope i am wrong because 7 is the best we can hope 4. 4 years we wear close to geten the holey grale and i had grate expectations of doing so but we are going nowhere fast with theses owers . but i think rogeres is doing a grate job with what he has YNWA ……………….

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    • pat
      2 years ago

      lol , rodgers is doing a disgraceful job with the world class players he has . he is a total mug

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  • steo
    2 years ago

    james d defo man u supporter

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  • Olsen
    2 years ago

    Not sure about Henderson but Allen should defo never play for LFC again . He is not even premier player

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  • Danny
    2 years ago

    NO redemption for Allen -he is simply useless

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