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Lallana runs and presses a lot. Henderson runs and presses a lot. Lallana admires Henderson's running and pressing. Milner says, "OK."

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Of the many reasonable complaints leveled at Adam Lallana, questions over work ethic and industry would not make the list.

Supporters might bemoan his lack of goals and assists, but the former Southampton man apparently has the full trust and backing of manager Jürgen Klopp, being the only player to feature in every match under the new manager so far. It is reasonable to assume his industry is the primary reason why he has featured so much under Klopp. It is also reasonable to assume that captain Jordan Henderson will be just as, if not more, important than Lallana in Klopp's plans for the same reason.

All of this is not lost on Lallana, who spoke to the club's official website about Henderson's work ethic, and his desire to lead by example on the pitch.

"I see different traits of his, being able to work with him so closely," the tricky attacking midfielder said. "I see how dedicated he is and how much hard work he has put into his career to get where he is today. It's Liverpool's privilege that he's our captain. He is not one that wants the praise or to be credited, he just wants to get on with his job like a lot of us here and do well for the team."

Lallana also talked about how his club and international teammate will be a perfect fit for Klopp's approach, a revelation lost on precisely no one.

"He is a very close mate of mine and we speak a lot about it; I knew how eager he was to get back. Especially playing the way the manager wants to play - it is right up Jordan's street. You saw [against West Brom] with his late run into the box, his timing and getting the goal how important he is to the football club."

Henderson has shown steady improvement as he works himself back into form after the lengthy injury spell, including his best performance yet in Saturday's 1-0 win over then-league leading Leicester City. If Liverpool make something of the second half of the season, Jordan Henderson will surely be a pivotal part of that success.