Henderson backed for England

Brendan Rodgers believes the options Jordan Henderson offers means he is an ideal player to take to a World Cup.

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Jordan Henderson: Has impressed for Liverpool this season

Jordan Henderson: Has impressed for Liverpool this season

Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers believes the options Jordan Henderson offers means he is an ideal player to take to a World Cup.

The 23-year-old has just earned a recall from national team boss Roy Hodgson for the forthcoming friendlies against Chile and Germany at Wembley.

Henderson, who won his last of his five senior caps almost 18 months ago, has put in a string of good performances this season with his energy and mobility had been used to full effect by Rodgers.

"It's a big credit to him that I have been able to play in a couple of positions because he is that type of player that he can play in those positions really well," said the Reds boss.

"If you are going to a World Cup you need players who can play in a number of positions. He can do that.

"He has shown this season in a wing-back role and a centre-midfield role how versatile he is. He always adds something. He has tremendous work-rate.

"As each game goes on, he is getting better and better, tactically he has improved, physically he is very good, he can run and run and he is gaining confidence from playing with good players as well so he can make a lot of improvements and become a really top player."

Henderson has provided the legs in a three-man midfield featuring captain Steven Gerrard and Lucas Leiva, a midfield of which questions were asked after last weekend's defeat at Arsenal.

Critics were quick to point out the 33-year-old Gerrard appeared to have little influence on the game from a passing or running point of view while speed has never been an attribute Lucas has been blessed with.

While Rodgers did not exactly dismiss suggestions his midfield lacked the necessary pace to get beyond opponents in support of the front two of Luis Suarez and Daniel Sturridge, he did counter the argument.

"We have got very good players and in that game Arsenal had outstanding ability," he added.

"In fairness to Steven and Lucas they worked very hard. Steven picked up an injury (to his hip) and struggled in that part of the game because of that.

"There's no doubt in the modern game you have to have that mobility in midfield but you also need the balance.

"You also need players who are technically good, can play and can participate in the game tactically and of course the modern game gets quicker every year.

"That is an area you need mobility in and for us, going forward, it is something, as with every area, we will try to improve."

Gerrard said in an interview this week that he thought Suarez, who had tried to manufacture a move away from Anfield in the summer, would reconsider his position at the end of the campaign depending on whether the club had qualified for the Champions League.

Rodgers has always insisted he has had nothing but commitment from the Uruguay international, for whom the club rejected a £40,000,001 bid from Arsenal, since he returned to action following his suspension earlier in the season, and he did not deviate from that viewpoint.

"I haven't been given anything to the contrary," the Reds boss said.

"Looking and speaking to him, Luis is as happy as he has ever been.

"He recognises we have a real genuine chance this year of breaking in there this year.

"Last year was about transition and the second season was about improvement and he has seen that.

"He had a difficult summer but he has come back and he is more mature and his performance level has been really high.

"He sees a genuine chance for us to make that (top four). He is happy here.

"From a club perspective, we made a stance last summer, not only for Luis but for every player.

"If we think it is time to sell a player, we will. If not we won't."


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