When Liverpool kickoff tomorrow, it’s very likely that Jordan Henderson will be in the starting XI. And not just because of our injury crisis in midfield (but also that). And when he makes his way onto the pitch at London Stadium, it will be his 300th league appearance for the Reds.
The Liverpool captain has come a long way since he first laced up his boots to play for the Merseyside giants, following a transfer £16 million transfer from his childhood club, Sunderland, in 2011.
He succeeded Liverpool legend and long-time captain Steven Gerrard. He’s won the Champions League, UEFA Super Cup, FIFA Club World Cup, and the League Cup. And of course ended Liverpool’s 30-year wait for their 19th league title. To top it all off, in 2020 he was named the FWA Footballer of the Year.
Thankfully, Hendo isn’t done yet, and we all hope for a few more personal and team honors to be added to his already impressive legacy.
Tomorrow he’ll likely become just the 4th Liverpool player to reach 300 league appearances for the club. He’ll join some impressive company: only Jamie Carragher (508 appearances), Steven Gerrard (504), and Sami Hyppia (318) have had more Premier League appearances for the club.
Although Hendo started his career at Sunderland, his 10-year (and counting) stint at Liverpool is especially impressive considering the average turnover rate at most clubs.
Hendo certainly had his ups and downs at the club, including the infamous near-transfer to Fulham in exchange for Clint Dempsey (a sentence that only becomes more baffling with time), but he’ll undoubtedly go down as a Liverpool legend when he finally hangs ‘em up. Which hopefully won’t be too soon.