Jordan Henderson became the subject of criticism last year, following his £20 million pound move which was called to question. It turned out that all of those who saw him as a prodigy and a talented footballer, given the opportunity to perform at the centre were correct. After much doubt, Henderson repaid those who believed in him, moved on and never looked back.
While stepping into limelight for Liverpool when it mattered most, Henderson, alongside The Red’s hard workers have seen results go their way, particularly at the very heart of the game – midfield.
With incredible ability to perform more complicated tasks and pass them off as simple is worth recognizing. It should be stated however, that no player is a machine, not even the revered gods of the game. Thus, the need to create balance and reduce workloads on players is imperative.
In 2013, Henderson played a deeper role in midfield; the tip of the midfield triangle – the most advanced role in midfield. The system allowed the team to get the most out his incredible work rate, as he, alongside former team-mate, Luis Suarez, became the best presser of the ball in the team while Steven Gerard had more time to pull the strings from a deeper role.
Perhaps Henderson’s greatest quality is his versatility, and it is the versatility that gives him the chance of becoming one of the regular names of the first team. Possessing the ability to perform in any of the three midfield roles, at right-back and can do the job as a wide attacking midfielder; versatility that needs strength and great support of fellow midfielders and strikers.
It is however recommended that Brendan Rodgers look for a replacement for the aging Steven Gerard who is well past his peak in order to reduce the workload and pressure on Henderson. While Yohan Cabaye might be a good addition to the midfield, Rodgers must seek to compensate Henderson’s versatility by introducing someone who possesses great passing abilities.
Cabaye’s great passing talents could be used in doing what Gerard was known for – orchestrating and pulling the strings at every angle of the midfield.
While reports suggests that Paris Saint Germain’s Yohan Cabaye could return to the Premier League once again, Rodgers must act fast to see the France international relieve Steven Gerard or upgrade Lucas Leiva in midfield. Reports also suggest that PSG are ready to cut their losses with Cabaye and have already opened talks with Liverpool over a possible £20 million move.
Cabaye who spent two and half seasons at Newcastle United is also currently linked with Arsenal and Manchester United as interests has been shown in the French player who featured in four of France’s World Cup fixtures this summer.
Rodgers must beat the obstacle in Arsenal and Manchester United by luring the France international to Anfield before being snatched by other clubs. Cabaye’s move to France has been on the edge of a star-studded PSG midfield. The 28 year old has only completed one match this season despite featuring in seven.