Former England goalkeeper Paul Robinson has called out Liverpool midfielder Jordan Henderson on his recent performances, believing that the Reds captain did not play well at the weekend and has been off-colour so far this season.
Robinson told Football Insider that he feels Henderson’s form at both club and international level has been “indifferent” and felt that he had a poor game against Manchester United on Sunday.
Speaking to Football Insider on Monday about the 29-year-old, Robinson said: “He seems to play well for Liverpool but I’m still unsure of his performances for England as I don’t know where he fits in, whether he prefers to be defensive or attacking?
“I think he likes not having the defensive responsibility but he has not played well this year, I think he has been indifferent for both club and country. And I don’t think he played particularly well yesterday either.”
Looking back at Henderson’s display at Old Trafford, as well as his statistics for 2019/20 compared to last season, Robinson is justified in expressing concerns about the midfielder’s drop in standards.
Only two other Liverpool starters against Manchester United had fewer touches in the game, while he completed just 25 passes, although he won three tackles and made two interceptions. [via WhoScored]
His performance on Sunday was widely criticised, with Henry Jackson of This Is Anfield bemoaning his lack of guile in an attack-minded midfield role, while Ian Doyle (Liverpool Echo) and John Cross (The Mirror) both felt that he was equally ineffective when subsequently moved to a right-sided position.
Henderson’s on-field impact has regressed from last season across several metrics. In the 2018/19 Premier League, he averaged 0.8 successful aerial duels, 0.5 shots, 54.4 passes and 0.5 key passes per game, with a passing success rate of 87.2%. [via WhoScored]
So far this season, his match averages in the league are 0.3 successful aerial duels, 0.4 shots, 33.6 passes and 0.3 key passes, while his passing accuracy has dipped alarmingly to 78.4%. [via WhoScored]
Also, the 29-year-old has yet to contribute to a goal for Liverpool in 2019/20, whereas last term he scored once and provided five assists. [via TransferMarkt]
When all that is taken into consideration, Robinson is not wrong in saying that Henderson’s form has taken a turn for the worse compared to last season.
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