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  • David Tyrer

Gerrard: Henderson has to start for Liverpool

If you take notice of most Liverpool fans these days, the Reds have about a dozen unsung heroes since Jurgen Klopp took over.

One thing that you can't deny, is that our captain is probably one of them. He's had a rough ride in the last couple of seasons, playing deeper in front of the centre backs.

Part of that is due to the fact that his range of passing wasn't considered good enough for that role. But since moving forward into his favoured position, he's been a revelation.

The move came against Southampton a few months ago, when he came off the bench in the second half. His introduction and advanced role changed the course of the match. He hasn't looked back since then.

So it's no surprise to hear former Liverpool captain, and Henderson's former teammate, saying that he simply has to start tomorrow night.

Speaking to BBC Radio Five Live, he said: "I’ve watched him and spoke to him and said: ‘Jordan, you need to maybe try to do things yourself rather than doing the easy thing'.

"Because he’s very capable of playing the final pass or the excellent delivery in and he’s capable of scoring from the edge of the box and running into the box to set a goal up.

"Jordan will do all the dirty running and do all the covering and all the organising. I think he’s matured a lot and he’s taken more on.

"I’ve always been a fan of Jordan Henderson, I believe he’s a selfless player, I think he does a lot of work for the team that goes unnoticed.

"I know what he’s like on and off the pitch. He puts himself behind everyone else, he’s just that type of person.

"I think he’s more than capable of winning any football match that he’s playing in and I think of late, certainly since he’s been playing a further forward role, he’s taken more responsibility and has been one of Liverpool’s most consistent players. 100%.

"Jordan Henderson has got to start."

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