Writer: Gavin Kelley-Day
Date:Wednesday September 18 2013
Reds midfielder Jordan Henderson is hoping hard work will keep him in the plans of Brendan Rodgers...
Liverpool midfielder Jordan Henderson has enjoyed an impressive start to his third season at Anfield and hopes his efforts on the training pitch continue to get noticed.
The 23-year-old had a difficult start to his Liverpool career after a near £20 million move from Sunderland but has steadily improved since the arrival of Brendan Rodgers last summer.
This season the England international has completed the full 90 minutes in each of the club's four Premier League fixtures, playing a pivotal role in an unbeaten start.
Speaking to Liverpoolfc.com, Henderson described the run of games as 'nice' but he's certainly not taking a place in the side for granted.
"It is obviously nice but I need to make sure that I'm working hard and make it hard for the manager to leave me out," commented Liverpool's No.14.
"There are a lot of quality players here working hard every day in training to get a starting position. Hopefully I can keep working hard and playing football."
The former Coventry City loanee has now made 97 first-team appearances for the Merseysiders, scoring nine goals in the process.
Initially maligned by many fans, Henderson has gradually won over the majority of Liverpool supporters through his energetic, all-action displays.
The player recently credited Rodgers for the role he has played in helping him develop as a player.
"I feel as though I've progressed over the last year or two," commented Henderson earlier this month.
"The manager has been brilliant with me on a personal level, and with everybody else here.
"I've improved since he's come to the club and he's helped me to do that."
Hendo has been brilliant so far this season and is certainly benefiting from regular game time. He looks a completely different player to the one who initially represented the club under Kenny Dalglish and this can largely be attributed to confidence. There is no denying he is becoming an increasingly dependable presence but when everyone is available and the new signings are fully up to speed, especially once Luis Suarez returns, his place is still likely to be severely under threat. That said, you always need players like Henderson in your squad who have the correct mentality and also offer versatility.
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Date:Wednesday September 18 2013
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