Henderson happy, hails ‘outstanding’ debutant

Date published: Friday 11th December 2015 11:39

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Jordan Henderson was happy to return for Liverpool after injury, while the captain praised full debutant Brad Smith.

Henderson made his first start for the Reds since August in the 0-0 Europa League draw with FC Sion on Thursday, playing over 70 minutes of the game after his return from a heel injury.

The captain was happy to return to the starting line-up, albeit in difficult conditions on a partially frozen pitch in Switzerland.

“It was nice to play 75 minutes,” he said. “It was a tough game in tough conditions but we’re top of the group and we move forward.

“[My fitness] was tested tonight on that pitch and I had no problem. Hopefully I’ve just got to keep managing it – it’s been fine so far.”

Henderson reserved praise for left-back Brad Smith, who made his full debut after coming on as a second-half substitute in the Capital One Cup against Southampton last week.

“It was Brad’s first start and I thought he was outstanding, brilliant going up and down the left flank.

“He was dangerous for us, getting good crosses in.”

 

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