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