Exclusive: Bent head over heels for Liverpool player who gets so much 'Disgraceful' criticism
Darren Bent praised Jordan Henderson for his performance in the 2-1 win over Crystal Palace and implied the Liverpool midfielder doesn’t always get the credit he deserves.
Speaking exclusively to Football Insider correspondent Laura O’Leary, the former Sunderland and Tottenham attacker shared that he thought Henderson gets so much disgraceful criticism especially when you consider everything he does for the Reds.
The 29-year-old midfielder played 79 minutes of the Reds’ 2-1 win over Palace and in that match made more tackles than any of his teammates.
Bent acknowledged that Henderson helped Trent Alexander-Arnold out against Palace as the right-back was struggling to cope with Wilfried Zaha and stated that the 21-year-old probably enjoys playing alongside the midfielder.
When asked about Henderson constantly covering Alexander-Arnold against Palace, Bent told Football Insider: “Jordan Henderson gets so much criticism, which I think is disgraceful because he does so many jobs, which you alluded to there.
“He does jobs that people don’t want to do as you said, he fills in, he understands the situation, obviously he sees Trent is struggling a little bit so he makes it his job to go over there and help him out.
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“Things like that, even though people outside of it won’t really talk about it, players will appreciate that and I bet if you ask Trent who does he enjoy playing with, he’ll 100% say ‘I love when Jordan is on the pitch as I know he is going to help me.”
Jurgen Klopp has regularly called upon Henderson this season as the Reds captain has made 12 appearances in the Premier League so far.
The England international has been at Anfield since joining from Sunderland in 2011 and is contracted to stay with the Reds until June 2023.
In other Liverpool news, Palace have made contact over signing a player who Klopp is ready to let go.