- LocationSunderland, England
- Squad Number14
Jordan Henderson is a box-to-box midfielder who blossomed into a trusted element of the high-intensity football preached by Brendan Rodgers at Liverpool and became the Reds’ captain in the summer of 2015.
He was brought to Anfield in June 2011 having risen through the youth ranks at Sunderland, a club he joined aged seven.
The youngster made his first-team debut for the Black Cats against Chelsea in November 2008 after helping the club to successive U18s league titles.
The second half of his breakthrough season was spent on loan at Championship side Coventry and it wasn’t until 2009-10 that fans at the Stadium of Light really saw what he was capable of. Henderson totalled 38 appearances during the campaign and was crowned Sunderland’s Young Player of the Year.
He would retain the title in 2010-11, a season which brought a first international cap. It was Fabio Capello who handed him a Three Lions debut at the age of 20 in a friendly with France in November 2010, though afterwards he would return to the U21 fold to wear the captain’s armband.
Henderson left Sunderland with a tally of five goals from 79 appearances – though he would soon be reunited with his former teammates as they visited Anfield for his debut on August 13, 2011.
While operating in the centre for much of his young career, our new No.14 spent most of his first season at Anfield on the right of midfield.
Still, he managed to display his undoubted technical abilities with a sublime assist for Luis Suarez in a Carling Cup win at Stoke and with goals against Bolton and Chelsea. He would also play a key role as we collected a trophy, starting the Carling Cup final win over Cardiff City.
The campaign ended on a high for Henderson as he was called into the England squad for Euro 2012 by new boss Roy Hodgson following an injury to Frank Lampard. He made two substitute appearances as the Three Lions reached the quarter-finals, where they lost on penalties to Italy.
In February 2013, the midfielder was voted as England U21 Player of the Year for 2012 by supporters following an online vote.
More was to come, with 2013-14 a truly landmark season for Henderson. An almost ever-present as Rodgers’ Reds surged to second place in the Premier League, he added goals and assists to his athleticism to receive the acclaim of the Kop.
His performances at club level also earned Jordan a starting berth alongside captain Steven Gerrard when the Three Lions departed for the World Cup in Brazil.
Back to Liverpool duty and the outset of the No.14’s fourth season with the Reds, the manager confirmed Henderson as vice-captain to Gerrard in recognition of his considerable consistency and contribution.
Henderson marked his 150th appearance for the club by scoring the third goal in a 3-1 win against Leicester City, before reaffirming his vital role at the club with the winner against champions Manchester City in March 2015.
Four months later, a truly incredible rise was capped by his appointment as the captain at Anfield following the departure of Gerrard to LA Galaxy.