Jordan Henderson hasn’t had the easiest time since taking over as captain from Steven Gerrard. It was never going to be easy to replace a Liverpool legend and one of the greatest players to put on a red shirt. Henderson has had a rocky few seasons, punctuated by some long term injuries, but this season has seen him start to grow into the role.
One person who has noticed is also one person who would know a thing or two about leading Liverpool: former Liverpool vice-captain Jamie Carragher.
After Henderson’s measured and mature performance against Everton to help Liverpool secure all three points against their rivals. While others have been praising the likes of Daniel Sturridge and Sadio Mané for their contributions, Carra was quick to point out that Henderson’s leadership also helped to win the day.
“It’s now 10 games unbeaten against Everton for Liverpool’s captain and you couldn’t fail to see his delight about this latest Merseyside derby success,” he wrote in his latest Daily Mail column.
“Sadio Mané grabbed the headlines with his injury-time goal – but Henderson’s performance could not go without notice.
“He ensured his side retained their discipline in the first half when Everton tried to make it a fight and then went on to always pick the right pass when Liverpool started to play.
“When he first became Liverpool captain, things were not so easy and it is not wrong to say he struggled with initial scrutiny but everything about his performance at Goodison Park showed how much he has grown into the role.”