The great Jordan Henderson debate

Or more simply, The great Henderson? Debate. I apologise in advance here for shamelessly plagiarising an idea from another site used to talk about Origi but the basis for the beginning of this article is as follows.

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I wanted to say that because I'm blooming made up for him to have finally lifted some LFC silverware and boy did he deserve it. For some a question still remains though and I feel even after Jordan captained our side to within one point of winning the EPL and then weeks later captained our side to winning Champions League number six, the Hendo conundrum will stubbornly persist.

I am not going to use stats in this article. Some may suggest that is because they're not favourable to my stance. I believe they are and Ilija has previously posted evidence of just how good Henderson has been for us in the DM role he was tasked with playing for the majority of the season. Better even than Fabinho who plays that role by trade. Afterwards, toward the end of the season Jurgen pushed Hendo into a more attack biased role and he excelled at that as well.

My opinion is that Jordan Henderson is a fantastic captain and ambassador for our club, as well as a vastly underrated player. That is just fine, other teams can keep underrating him and in turn us, and with his leadership; quiet, humble, respectful and unassuming leadership, we will now continue to quietly win things in exactly that manor. Skill wise Jordan may not be up there at the level his predecessor was but for me winning things in the just described manor is quite fantastic enough in it's own right. The Premier League is next on our list and I like that we are doing things how they should be done - winning while maintaining the aforementioned dignified qualities on and off the pitch.

I'd like to encourage any who may still have doubts to consider the whole package here: What exactly does a Liverpool captain need to bring to the table? Good on pitch skill and leadership - check. Good off pitch leadership - check. Lead by example to garner the respect of their team mates and peers - check. To leave their heart on the pitch every single time they play - check. To be a good role model for others - check. To be a bloody decent bloke with down to earth humanistic qualities which we can all relate to - check.

To me it seems clearly evident that Henderson meets all of those things and more and you can attribute whatever weight to each of them you like but the proof is in the pudding. Look where we currently are as a club and team. Well Hendo has captained us to that point, inarguable evidence of him meriting his position and then some. Plus, though by it's very nature it may not always be of the eye catching variety, when you really look at the work he does in our team, I defy anyone not to conclude that he's a great, great player.

I'm not going to finish with any type of poll here as I feel that may be disrespectful. Also I hope the case I've laid out will have been suitably persuasive to promote this article and thread to become a celebration of our great, champions league winning, captain. However, we're here to openly discuss things as we believe them to be and so let healthy Liverpool captain centred debate commence.


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