Hendo’s come in for significant criticism after the Burnley game.  There’s been calls to strip him off the captaincy and sell him.  My opinion it’s all quite unnecessary.  I have sympathy for Hendo who has to try and emulate our former beloved Captain in Gerrard but we have to move on and look ahead.  Hendo’s had a torrid season last season with the injury problems.  He’s played through the pain at times and although his work rate is certainly undoubted that bit of quality needed in midfield is in question.  

In his best form I think Hendo has the potential to make a killer pass from midfield consistently and also instigate attacks from midfield.  There’s been games where he’s been inspirational and last season, in our 3-0 loss at Watford, he was the only player who performed.  Burnley was pathetic for the whole team but Hendo is just getting back and trying to develop his rhythm and form.  If he stays injury free, he’ll prove to be a key part of any success we achieve this year.  That year where we finished 2nd, his absence was sorely missed and while he may not be a Gerrard that can take the game by the scruff of the neck and win it all on his own, Hendo can still perform admirably for the team.  In that way I think is the main difference between the two. Hendo is more of a team player and I think as a Captain he should try to raise the game of the players around him whereas Gerrard was more prone to pull out a moment of brilliance and change the game.

As Hendo finds his feet, we ought to support him and give him some time to get to grips with his role and get back to fitness before prematurely judging him and then regretting letting go of a potentially great player.  

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RedUncle
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I couldn’t agree more. There’s such a tendency to write players off these days, something that’s not helped by the club’s habit of sending any player that’s struggling out on loan. Henderson was hit with problem after problem last season and yet he was willing to play through the pain. He’s shown his dedication to the club, it’s about time we show some in return.

What was interesting about the game against Burton Albion was how much more effective Henderson is when he plays alongside Can in midfield. Having the pair play together takes some of the pressure off Henderson to cover the back four while supplying the attack. Either Can or Henderson can sit in a holding role while the other moves forward, and vice versa. I’d like to see this two man midfield unit used more while Henderson gets back on his feet.

HAMNUM8
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I understand your feelings on Hendo & I like him but for me he isn’t captain material & to be honest he’s had long enough now to prove himself even with the injuries. I will never doubt his commitment or selfless work for the team but for me he’s just not doing it, & as for last night against button I thought he was average at best. Don’t shoot me down I like the lad but that’s just my opinion.

Huytonian
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I don’t think its helpful jumping to conclusions about Henderson at this stage of the season. If he can recover the form of a couple of seasons ago then he will be a key player and will deserve the captaincy. If not then there are the likes of Grujic who will be looking to replace him in midfield. I’m not sure who could replace him as captain (that’s one of our problems, lack of leadership). For me it would probably have to be Can. despite his young age.

HAMNUM8
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I’m not jumping to conclusions about him it’s just my assessment of his time with us. Your points are valid & I agree but for me he’s not captain material & like I said his commitment is second to none but he falls into the category of fans expectations of us as a club & what We’r expected to achieve every season in the sense as a whole we all expect to much because We’r a fantastic club with unrivalled history but we simply don’t have the class in major areas to be a monster club again, & fail season after season in the transfer market & we all know the reasons why that is.
So my point mainly is he’s not a monster captain like we’ve had before, even SG8 at a young age could grab the game by the ******** & I’ve just never seen Hendo do it. We desperately need to find a way back into the CL for a couple of seasons & give JK time & hopefully we will rise again

KLOPPite
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I find it interesting that in the same sentence you state he was “inspirational” but later say “he was the only player who performed.” Not trying to pick on you OR him. But it illustrates a contradiction and the conundrum of how inspirational is he really? As a captain, does he need to be inspirational? What kind of leadership does he provide? And is it the kind that fits the team’s personality and needs? I do agree with uncle that I’d like to see him and Can paired as I think they are two versatile box to box midfielders who should develop a covering partnership of alternating runs forward while the other anchors. But with all the flair in front, do we need much creativity out of Hendo? We needed more from Gerrard for too many years, but we should get that from other areas now. My biggest question with Hendo, along with EVERYBODY else is whether he (& they) are at a level high enough to raise our standing in the league? Or is he (& most of them) a 7th or 8th place in the Table quality of player? Because we can’t continue to finish at that spot… Read more »
RedUncle
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I think some very interesting points have been made by all the contributors on this post and it’s very difficult to say who’s right and wrong because we all have our own idea of what makes a Liverpool captain. I’m going to say something which some may find controversial but during his last seasons under Brendan Rodgers I don’t think Steven Gerrard was anywhere near the captain he once was. This was probably because that period coincided with Gerrard’s legs finally losing their edge meaning he couldn’t take charge of games like a true box-to-box midfielder can. There were many games that ebbed away leaving Gerrard looking a frustrated figure, hands on hips, because he could no longer influence the outcome like he used to, a situation not helped by Rodgers playing him deeper. Such frustration made him lose focus at times – we all remember the Manchester derby where he came on and was sent off almost straight away (hardly the finest example of captaincy). Now Gerrard has left us it’s very easy to create a romanticised memory of him as a player and captain but the truth is more nuanced than that. There is no doubt that for… Read more »
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