By Harvey Byrne
Micky Quinn believes that Jordan Henderson is “now excelling under Jurgen Klopp” at Liverpool after initially thinking he struggled with the captain’s job.
The former Sunderland midfielder was handed the armband by ex-boss Brendan Rodgers in the summer of 2015, taking over from club legend Steven Gerrard.
Liverpool-born and former Newcastle forward Quinn states that he first thought Henderson had problems in his new role, but says that the 26-year-old is now impressing him.
“When he first got the captain’s job at Liverpool, I thought Henderson struggled with it, but he’s impressed me with how he’s grown into the job,” wrote Quinn in his opinion piece for the Chronicle.
“The pressure of taking the armband off a club legend like Steven Gerrard seemed to be too much for him but he’s now excelling under Jurgen Klopp.
“The ex-Sunderland midfielder scored a brilliant goal against Chelsea, which showed he realises he doesn’t have to sit deep all the time now.”
Henderson has been named as the England captain under manager Gareth Southgate for Tuesday’s clash against Slovenia, with Rooney moving to the bench.
The midfielder has been key for the Reds in the new campaign, starting all seven of their league fixtures and scoring a sensational goal against Chelsea during the side’s 2-1 victory.
Fans of the Anfield side will be hoping that their key man leaves Slovenia unscathed with a vital encounter against fierce rivals Manchester United coming up on Monday.
In other Liverpool team news, Georginio Wijnaldum should discover on Wednesday whether he’ll be fit for the clash against United.