Over to you, Jordan Henderson, the Mersey Mackem making a cup of Fergie…

Sir Alex Ferguson now knows he ‘missed a very good person’. Johnny Nic gushed over the Liverpool captain…

Who is it then?
Jordan Brian Henderson is a 31-year-old, six-foot-tall Liverpool midfielder. Sunderland-born, he made his professional debut for the hometown club in 2008, was loaned to Coventry for half a season in 2009 and returned to win Sunderland’s Best Young Player award two seasons in a row.

In 2011 liverpool showed up and offered cash to the Mackems, believed to be £16-20million for our man. The Black Cats couldn’t grab the cash fast enough. And for 10 years he has been at Anfield. Appointed club captain in 2015, he played 488 club games in his career and scored 37 times, last Wednesday to win the game against AC Milan with a fine strike from the edge of the area.

He also has 66 England caps in the cupboard under the stairs to go along with his Premier League winners medal, Champions League winners medal, League Cup winners gong, World Cup of FIFA clubs and the UEFA Super Cup. He must also be one of the few players to have a runners-up medal in every tournament except a World Cup; Champions League, Europa League, League Cup and FA Cup and the Euro for England. He was also the 2019-20 Football Writers’ Player of the Year.

Early in his career for Sunderland, he caught the eye as a dynamic and progressive midfielder who fueled the boiler room a lot in the engine room (to put it mildly). For the first two years under Jurgen Klopp, more generally, he returned to work as a four-man selector, working more as a troublemaker than a creator. In recent years that has changed again, and he’s back in the midfield pivot, turning the machine around.

Quietly and remorselessly, he became crucial to Liverpool’s success, despite Sir Alex Ferguson, somewhat oddly, feeling his gait was unsuited to an elite player.

What’s so good… Robbie Fowler | James Milner | Kevin Phillips

Why love?
Everyone loves to see a working-class kid from humble beginnings climb to the top of the tree. He remains one of football’s most important attractions and Jordan is one.

During the early years of his Liverpool career, it’s probably not unfair to say that some fans wondered exactly how much he brought to the team. He was a hard worker, but he didn’t seem to be doing much more than sweating profusely. He may have been somewhat in the shadow of Steven Gerrard until his retirement in 2015, but he has long been underestimated for his role in the team. His job was to allow others to play and the man who does that is often overlooked. But there’s no doubt his game has developed and he’s grown magnificently in his role as a senior player, playing with the confidence that experience brings.

He was too easy a target for neutral internet blarthounds and all the more so because he played for Liverpool. That some members of the football community are despicable wankers is no surprise, of course, but Jordan fans have always known that this hotbed of hate was born out of a sense that he was actually an important part of the side. of Liverpool. That there has been, until recent years, some surprise that he is so highly regarded for club and country, it has come as no shock to anyone paying close attention.

He was always the biggest cog in the Reds’ midfield, playing an increasing role in terms of organization and discipline, setting standards of effort and commitment that needed to be matched by the rest of the squad. In recent years he has become a much more advanced player, often taking the ball in the center circle and spraying balls down both wings, while interrupting play when needed and putting spine down the side. He even had to replace in midfield.

I often feel like the football media sometimes don’t understand why fans love a player like Jordan Henderson. In short, that is all it is not. Not flashy, not self-aggrandizing, not self-obsessed, not a tw*t. While the newspapers may be absolutely obsessed with Cristiano Ronaldo or Wayne Rooney, Henderson continues his game and his life without any problems. Fans love anyone who gives their all for the cause and no one has ever accused him of not doing it. Stay 10 years under these circumstances and you will become an absolute legend.

As club captain, he was a key driver behind the Premier League player’s decision in 2020 to donate money to NHS charities. Player’s Together has donated £4m of the league’s £3.1bn wage bill to health service charities. It earned him an OBE for his services to charity. This year, he also again organized fee and prize money donations to worthy health service causes.

A totally down-to-earth character, in a time so stuffed with money and superficiality, he really stands out as a man of integrity and soul; a reminder of the game’s roots. It has been praised for its positive responses to LGBT issues. After winning the Champions League, he managed to find and embrace his father, a cancer survivor. It touched many hearts.

What people say

– Statesman of the game who has vastly improved on the boy who signed for Sunderland. Other than that, his work on gamers’ response to the pandemic, his visibility on the rainbow laces, and his general willingness to weigh in on societal issues are extremely admirable.

– He seems like a really good person who also happens to be a really good player. Had huge pressure to replace SG as captain and grew into the role with flying colors. Will become one of LFC’s greatest captains and rightfully so.

– Too bad his questionable approach ruined his career. He had potential.

– He just seems like a nice boy

“That time he was staring at Diego Costa with an icy air was something else.

– Good professional. Knows that his career is constantly evolving. Until the Euros this summer, he really should have been England captain.

– Proof that Sir Alex is fallible, after suggesting that Jordan would be too injury-prone because of his gait.

– Leads on and off the pitch. Defends his teammates. Defends society at large. basically my hero

– Married to a Mackem and had many Mackem friends and co-workers. He went from everyone wondering why we paid him so much to now everyone claiming to have gone to school/played with or against/coach or knew his mom. I mean absolutely everyone. Legend.

four great moments

This beautiful strike against Milan…


A netbuster against Chelsea…

Sunderland’s look…

If that doesn’t get your eyes wet, you might be a robot…

Future days
He is fair signed another four-year contract which, if he sees it, will take him to 35. Old enough to retire, but if he’s still in good spirits, I don’t think anyone would be surprised to see him see his playing career at the Stadium of Light again, regardless of what division he’s in. find the Black Cats at the time. His international career is probably winding down a bit now, having been replaced by the Declan Rice and Kalvin Phillips partnership. However, it looks likely that he will be an experienced member of the squad until the next World Cup, ideal to act as a substitute to see a game or to strengthen the midfield. He probably wants to add a World Cup finalist medal to his collection – it’s the only one he doesn’t have!

Liverpool also have a great chance of winning something against this season and they will need him in top form to do so, as the game against AC Milan on Wednesday proved.

He played over 40 games in seven of his 10 seasons at Liverpool, but was injured in the last outing, hopefully not a harbinger of a growing problem with things that go wrong.

He defines this current successful iteration of Liverpool and will go down in legend as the captain and driving force behind one of the great club sides of the 21st century, a side that delighted more than any other with their drive and bravery. It will be a fitting legacy for this very decent Mackem boy.

Darcy J. Skinner