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Henderson’s “character” made him the first choice at Liverpool

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It is Jordan Henderson’s “character that makes him a first choice” ahead of big-money signings at Liverpool when he replaced Steven Gerrard and even today.

Jordan Henderson has had to put up with a lot of stick since he arrived at Liverpool back in 2011.

However, despite all the negativity and naysayers he always seems to have found his way into the manager’s selection.

There have been big money midfielders brought in to replace the likes of Steven Gerrard.  But the England international has not only replaced Gerrard as a player but also as club captain.

Henderson though has today also become crucial to Liverpool’s success.

Liverpool legend Jamie Carragher insists that it is Henderson’s character that helps him rise above other candidates. He has seen first hand the work put in both on and off the field.

Speaking to Sky Sports Carragher admits he had his doubts too,  but soon realized what made Henderson so special.

He said:

“When he first came in, it raised eyebrows in some ways, it was ‘where is he going to play’.”

“There were a lot of midfield players as well.”

“That just shows the character of who he is.”

“You can use words like great professional, great character, and these are just words.”

“What does it mean?”

“It means the way he trains every day, people questioned why he was captain.”

“Who else could be captain after Steven Gerrard? I’m delighted and people like Jordan have something special about them.”

“At different times of his Liverpool career, someone has come in and you thought he might not play.”

“Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, central midfield, Naby Keita, big-money signing, young, lots of qualities but Jordan Henderson still plays.”

“I don’t think there’s a more outstanding character than Jordan Henderson.”

Is Henderson one of the key factors to Jurgen Klopp’s success at Liverpool and the now almost certain Premier League title?