Jamie Carragher has said that he is “baffled” that Liverpool captain Jordan Henderson is receiving extra credit for his performances this season than in previous campaigns.
Henderson was made Reds captain upon Steven Gerrard’s retirement at the end of the 2014/15 campaign and he has grown in stature under Jurgen Klopp‘s stewardship.
The England international has scored three Premier League goals this term – two of which proved crucial in victories over Tottenham and Wolves – but his all-round performances have led to calls for him to win the Player of the Year award.
Indeed, Henderson‘s absence earlier in the season through a hamstring strain was felt immediately, Liverpool going through their worst run of the season as they suffered a first Premier League defeat of the season and exited the FA Cup.
Writing in a column for The Telegraph, however, former Liverpool defender Carragher explained his surprise that Henderson’s “excellence” is only being noticed more this term.
“I have to say I am delighted but a little baffled that Jordan Henderson is getting more praise this season than in previous years,” the pundit said.
“I think that probably says more about those suggesting he has massively improved rather than the player himself because – as I am sure Jurgen Klopp will testify – his consistent excellence as captain has been fundamental to Liverpool’s return to the top.
“What is most impressive this season is the manner in which Henderson switched midfield roles.
“Until December, Fabinho was Liverpool’s best player and his injury could have been a critical moment in the title race.
“Instead, Henderson assumed the number six position and performed brilliantly. Maybe that is why more people have noticed his importance recently.”
In other news, one pundit has suggested that Liverpool will be keen to make sure that Georginio Wijnaldum gets the correct number of years on a potential extension to his contract.
Wijnaldum has become a key player under Klopp after joining from Newcastle in 2016, but the Dutchman will be entering the final year of his contract at the end of the season.