‘Southgate must coach Henderson if Klopp can’t’

Date published: Monday 9th October 2017 1:04

Former England defender Martin Keown says Gareth Southgate must coach Jordan Henderson if he is not being taught how to move the ball quickly at Liverpool.

Henderson’s slow decision-making and turning infuriates Keown as well as Daniel Storey, who vents in the World Cup ladder.

Keown says in the Daily Mail: “If England are going to continue playing through the compartments rather than going direct, then the midfielders — Jordan Henderson and Eric Dier — have to learn to recycle the ball more quickly.

“When I coached at Arsenal after I retired, there was a drill Arsene Wenger had Alex Song and Abou Diaby practising to do to work on this.

“They would have to let the ball roll across their body, stop it with their furthest foot, turn in one motion and play the ball forward.

“When I watch Henderson get the ball, he turns in stages. I can see Dier is trying to move the ball forwards with more urgency and clearly someone at Tottenham is helping him work on this.

“But if nobody is doing the same with Henderson at Liverpool, then Southgate must not be afraid to step in and provide that coaching.

“We are not going to conjure up a world-class central midfielder in the next eight months, so Southgate must try to improve the players he has at his disposal.”

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