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Liverpool’s pass master: Graeme Souness hails Jordan Henderson as “first on the team-sheet” when in form

Liverpool’s pass master: Graeme Souness hails Jordan Henderson as “first on the team-sheet” when in form

Jordan Henderson was “missed greatly” by Liverpool during the Premier League run-in, according to club legend Graeme Souness.

The Reds captain began this season well after an injury-hampered 2015/16, becoming a very important player in a deep midfield role for Jurgen Klopp’s exciting team.

However, Henderson was ruled out of action from mid-February onward due to a foot injury, and is now aiming to return in time for the new season and a Champions League play-off.

Reflecting on the 27-year-old’s campaign, Sky Sports pundit Souness told Liverpool’s official website: “In the playing sense they’ve missed him greatly.

“You’re not always bossing the game – doesn’t matter what team you are, you’re not always in charge – and he’s really good at making [opponents] go into areas and make passes they don’t want to.

“He’s improved with his own technique – he can open the play up both short and long now, and he’s a major influence. Arguably, he might have been the first on the team-sheet when he was firing on all cylinders.”

What were the key numbers behind Henderson’s Premier League season?

1,715 – Despite missing a large chunk of 2016/17, Henderson made more successful passes (1,715) than any teammate.

24 – He started 24 of the opening 25 fixtures this term, completing all but two.

5 – The England international was directly involved in five goals, assisting four and scoring a long-range stunner against Chelsea.

Before his injury, Jordan Henderson trailed only one teammate in Squawka Performance Score (528) in the Premier League this season.

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