Jordan Henderson has shown his quality for Liverpool this season and deserves more time to further improve his game, claims Anfield legend Steven Gerrard.
Gerrard, who could make a return to English football when his contract with the LA Galaxy expires in November, insists Henderson is getting better all the time for Liverpool and believes the player is perfectly suited to Jurgen Klopp’s high-intensity press.
“I think criticism happens a lot in football, I’ve had it myself,” Gerrard said. “It’s all about different eras. We see players described as the next Paul Gascoigne, the next Bobby Moore, the next this, that and the other, and that’s not fair on players.”
Gerrard on Henderson
“People have got to judge Jordan Henderson for Jordan Henderson. What does he give to the team, what does he give to his team-mates around him? I know this kid and he has come out of Sunderland and has gone to a big club.
“He didn’t get off to the best of starts – he knows that himself – but he has worked tremendously hard to improve in every single department.
“He really cares. He goes home and tries everything he can to be the best at what he does so he should be judged on what he brings to the team.
“He has shown bits of quality in games this season – especially in the win at Chelsea. The way he presses, the work rate, the high intensity. He is prepared to do the dirty work.
“Then there is his passing which is excellent and look at that goal at Stamford Bridge. If any other player had scored that goal the world would have gone nuts. That’s the goal of the season for me so far.”