Liverpool captain Jordan Henderson has revealed why manager Jurgen Klopp allowed him to play further forward against Porto in the Champions League this week, explaining that he actually approached the manager and asked him to consider it. "Hendo is a brilliant player and I am really happy that he can show that, that he can show it again", Klopp told his post-match press conference.
Kit deals have become a major asset of football's biggest clubs seeking to generate mammoth amounts of revenue, and Liverpool are said to be on the cusp of breaking the Premier League record for the size of their potential deal with Nike. As the chances of that happening reduced by Chelsea's result on Merseyside, the focus fell on Gerrard, it fell on Ba and it fell on Mourinho but Henderson's absence was largely ignored - a midfielder who had given Liverpool thrust for most of the season.
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For most of the season, Jordan Henderson has played in a deep-lying midfielder's role for Liverpool but against Southampton, the England worldwide came on in the second half and totally changed the game while playing in a more advanced role.
"I don't think the manager had thought about it too much until I mentioned it to him", said the England global. It's all about putting the team first, I know that but at the same time I want to contribute as much as I can to the team. I felt I could play further forward in that role. I think I've done quite well. "The manager wants me in both positions which is good for me and for the team". I think if you look at Fab, it's quite natural to him, that's his position and he's so good at what you need to do in that position.
He said: "We scored two goals and controlled the ball most of the time".