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Liverpool fans agree with Phil Thompson’s verdict on Jordan Henderson


A number of Liverpool fans have voiced their agreement with comments made by pundit and former Reds player Phil Thompson about club captain Jordan Henderson.

Speaking to Sky Sports, the ex-Liverpool defender feels that the absence of the 29-year-old, who is currently sidelined with a hamstring injury, has been sorely felt in the last two games, with the Reds needing to come from behind to beat West Ham at home before losing 3-0 at Watford.

In comments that were later shared by @AnfieldWatch on Twitter, Thompson said: “The last two games have shown the importance of Jordan Henderson to this side. Not only what he brings as a midfield player, but he would have been demanding a lot more from the players on the pitch, talking to them controlling them, and asking more from their performances. He is the leader and has the presence on the pitch so Liverpool are missing him at the minute.”

Henderson has indeed been a key presence for Liverpool over the course of the season. He had missed only one Premier League game prior to his injury, with the Reds conceding as many goals in their last two matches without him (five) as they had in the previous 13 with him in the side. [via TransferMarkt]

No-one in Jurgen Klopp’s squad has won more tackles per game (2.2) this term and only five players can better his 84.5% passing success rate (as per WhoScored). Last month, Match of the Day pundit Alan Shearer claimed that the Reds’ captain would be a deserving winner of the PFA Player of the Year award (BBC, via Goal.com).

These Liverpool fans took to Twitter to agree with Thompson about his praise of Henderson, who one supporter described as an “unsung hero“:

Liverpool fans, what did you make of Thompson’s verdict on the club captain? How much has Henderson been missed recently? Comment below with your views!

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