Jordan Henderson’s future at Anfield is doubted by Italian media outlet Tuttomercatoweb, who suggest Dalglish has sanctioned his departure in the summer.
The 21-year-old midfielder has disappointed this campaign after showing such promise at former club Sunderland. Henderson was bought into the club last summer with a hefty fee of nearly £20million being shelled out for his services – a price tag which has done him little favours when compared to his contribution for Liverpool this term.
Last season Henderson rose to prominence at Sunderland with impressive displays playing centrally and also on the right of midfield for the Black Cats. His tireless energy and playmaker qualities shined throughout the season which saw Manchester United and Liverpool linked heavily with a move for the player. Henderson’s stock continued to rise through his performances which also caught the eye of ex-England boss Fabio Capello. The midfielder was then handed his first senior England cap against France in November 2010 – making the starting line up alongside Steven Gerrard.
As the season ended Henderson’s move to Liverpool was confirmed, he then set off as part of the England U-21’s squad that were going to the U-21’s European Championships who were disappointingly eliminated at the group stages.
His arrival along with others brought hope of Champions League qualification back to The Reds of Merseyside in the summer but as the season draws to a close, Liverpool find themselves struggling to finish above rivals Everton in a race for seventh – showing just how poor a season it has been in the league this term for Dalglish’s men.
Henderson has taken much of the flack this season for his contribution, failing to show the same form which brought his move to Anfield. The midfielder’s efforts cannot be faulted; however the class and guile he showed in abundance last season has rarely been witnessed this time round.
There could be many reasons why he hasn’t lived up to the hype. After appearing 39 times for Sunderland last season before playing in the U-21’s European Championships, Henderson is likely to of started his Liverpool career fatigued. Henderson may also have been marred by the pressures of the price tag which was used to bring him into the club. Another issue which he may have struggled with is the expectations placed upon individuals – something which is standard at big clubs such as Liverpool.
It is unlikely however that Liverpool will be looking to sell the Mackem after just one season at the club. Henderson is likely to have a welcome break in the summer where he can recuperate and develop the strong mentality required so that he can flourish at Anfield next season.Like what the TT have on offer? Sign up for more notifications!