Danny Mills says that Jordan Henderson’s experience and maturity is what makes him such an important player for both Liverpool and England.
The former Manchester City and England international, speaking exclusively to Football Insider assistant editor Russell Edge, says that the 29-year-old will divide opinion due to his style of play but that his persona on the field is crucial when things might not be going his side’s way.
Henderson played in both England’s 4-0 win against Bulgaria and their 5-3 victory over Kosovo during the international break, while he has also been a mainstay for Jurgen Klopp at Anfield this season.
Mills says that his composure on the ball and decision making under pressure makes him the special player he is, even if some fans are not admirers of his talents.
Mills told Football Insider: “When games are going against you, that’s when players like that really come to the fore. If things are going well, it’s not an issue, it doesn’t matter who you play, you don’t need to rely on that experience.
“It’s only when things are a little bit tricky and you’re under the cosh, that’s when things change. That’s when you need that calm head to say: ‘Hang on a minute, just wait, let’s calm things down a bit,’ and regain control a bit.
“That’s Jordan Henderson. He’s not everybody’s cup of tea but in moments like that, that’s where he’s incredibly experienced.
Henderson has featured in all four of Liverpool’s Premier League games this season, three of which have come in the starting XI, while he picked up his 53rd cap for England in Tuesday’s win over Kosovo.
The former Sunderland man has 314 Premier League appearances under his belt for both the Reds and the Black Cats, with a total of 330 outings across all competitions during his time at Anfield.