There comes a time in a footballer’s career where they hit a brick wall: poor performances, fans getting on your back, warming the bench. These are situations that the player doesn’t want, but they are issues that need to be addressed. And how a player deals with this adversity tells the world a lot about his character and mettle.
One player that has faced a lot of flak for inconsistencies and just a general lack of favor from the fans, is Liverpool’s Jordan Henderson. Making a lot of appearances off the bench, much against his liking, it was a harsh truth that Hendo had to face. But all the troubling times were worth it, as Henderson is now a household name in Liverpool’s midfield.
Jordan Henderson is hitting form just at the right time for Liverpool. With every game of utmost importance in the Premier League and the Champions League being another avenue for success for the Reds, every player needs to stand up and be counted. And that’s exactly what Hendo has done.
A goal and assist against Southampton for the Englishman kicked off a string of dazzling performances leading up to the game against Porto in the CL quarter-final second leg.
Jordan Henderson’s last 4 games for Liverpool:
Southampton ⚽️ 🅰️
A man reborn. pic.twitter.com/kClLXB7d4M
— LFC Stats (@LFCData) April 17, 2019
Liverpool went into the game in Portugal with a 2-0 advantage. With all due respect to Porto, there was never really any doubt about the result of the game, it was a question of how many would Liverpool score. The game ended 4-1 to the Reds, thanks to goals from Mane, Salah, Firmino and Virgil. Porto had to settle with just one goal over two legs, with the aggregate at 6-1 in Liverpool’s favor.
Rested for the game, Jordan Henderson came on as a second half substitute and the Englishman found Roberto Firmino with a pinpoint cross as the Reds asserted their dominance. His stats in the time that he was on, are spectacular.
He created more chances in those 20 odd minutes he was on than any other player in the entire game. His confidence and rich vein of form were epitomised by a filthy nutmeg he pulled off against a Porto player on Wednesday night. Check it out below –