By Dominic Toner
Stan Collymore has claimed the jury is still out on Jordan Henderson despite his heroics against Chelsea.
Liverpool recorded a 2-1 win at Stamford Bridge in their last Premier League outing and a superb long distance strike for Henderson turned out to be the decisive goal.
The 26-year-old has started in all five of the league matches this season under Jurgen Klopp and is becoming an important member of the midfield.
Former Reds player Collymore believes that Henderson has to be more consistent to be considered great.
“To be a central midfielder for Liverpool, you have to be multi-faceted,” Collymore wrote in the Mirror. “You have to provide the assists, the long-range passes, short-range passes and goals.
“Friday was a massive step forward for that, but rather than trying to be the new Steven Gerrard he needs to concentrate on being Jordan Henderson and that means using his great engine and his big heart to get more involved in and around the 18-yard box.
“If he does that, he can go on to become a top-drawer midfielder. But I’m not going to get excited by a single wondergoal, because that is something anyone can do.”
Henderson became the club’s captain in 2015 following the departure of Liverpool great Steven Gerrard and was expected to fill the huge void.
The central midfielder has made 219 appearances for the club since his arrival from Sunderland.
He has only scored 23 goals in a Liverpool shirt to date and he will hope to be more consistent in front of goal this season.
Henderson has become part of a settled midfield alongside Adam Lallana and Georginio Wijnaldum, allowing the attacking talents of Sadio Mane, Roberto Firmino and Philippe Coutinho to roam free.
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