Rodgers: Henderson a great buy

Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers has hailed his predecessor Kenny Dalglish for the purchase of midfielder Jordan Henderson.

Last Updated: 18/12/13 at 15:44 Post Comment

Jordan Henderson: Liverpool midfielder has impressed Brendan Rodgers

Jordan Henderson: Liverpool midfielder has impressed Brendan Rodgers

The 23-year-old was bought by Dalglish from Sunderland for a reported £16million fee in 2011 but endured a difficult start to his career at Anfield.

However, Henderson has fought for his place on Merseyside and has started all 16 Premier League games this term.

"It was a great buy by Kenny," Rodgers told the Liverpool Echo. "Jordan didn't set the fee, for which he's taken a lot of criticism, but he's 23, he's six foot one, he can run all day and technically he's very strong.

"Tactically, his understanding of when to press and when to stay is getting better all the time.

"It's all down to him. Nobody else. I saw him play for England against France a few years ago, and I felt sorry for him. He was a young boy, a big talent, but the game just passed him by, tactically. That wasn't his fault."

Rodgers has also been impressed with the attitude of the England international, crediting his work rate for the improvement over the last two seasons.

"When I came into the club, he was a player I'd heard had a brilliant attitude," added Rodgers. "That's what I found.

"He's a terrific player. He just needs confidence and constant work. He's been outstanding for me. He's a mentally tough boy, he's very strong, and he's great to work with. He will get better and better."

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worry about these types of conclusions on a teams brilliance when it was very clear that Argentina had 4 chances where they really should have scored and on chances alone then it would have been the more pragmatic Argentinians who would be the best in the world. I like the Germany team but this just shows that even with planning it relies on a great deal of luck and finding your opponents at just the right time.

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e all know the British public don't have the patience to plan for 14 years. No chance. As soon as our young players don't win the world cup they get harrassed and abused to the point of mental breakdown. No, England likes to react to failure by sacking the manager and tearing up their best laid plans in favour of something shiny and new to keep the knee jerkers happy.

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lad Messi was player of the tournament, there was no-one more deserving. Except Robben. And James Rodriguez. Or Muller and half the Germany team etc etc

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