JAMIE REDKNAPP: Jordan Henderson led the way for Liverpool

JAMIE REDKNAPP: Jordan Henderson may not be Steven Gerrard but he led the way for Liverpool in victory against Manchester City

  • Liverpool’s third goal against Man City had been created by Jordan Henderson 
  • The 29-year-old had whipped in a sublime cross for Sadio Mane to head home 
  • The England midfielder was always going to struggle winning everyone over
  • Liverpool are closer to being champions and Henderson would lift the trophy 

It feels as if the force is with Liverpool, and the player I am most pleased for is their captain, Jordan Henderson.

The third goal killed Sunday’s contest and it was a sublime cross from the 29-year-old midfielder, making his 250th Premier League appearance for the Reds, that set it up.

Manchester City’s Claudio Bravo did not know whether to come or go. In the end, City’s stand-in goalkeeper wound up under Henderson’s cross, and Sadio Mane applied the finishing touch with his head. Job done.

Jordan Henderson’s sublime cross for Liverpool’s third goal killed the contest on Sunday

Henderson made that ball look easy, and it came two weeks after he scored a vital equaliser in their 2-1 win over Tottenham.

The England midfielder was always going to have difficulty in winning everyone over, because he is not Steven Gerrard. But Liverpool’s current skipper, who led them to victory in the Champions League last season, is performing brilliantly for his team. He answers every question asked of him.

With the way Jurgen Klopp sets up his side, Liverpool cannot afford to have any passengers in their midfield. They cannot have a luxury player in there because then it wouldn’t work.

Henderson’s work ethic was outstanding and he is one step closer to lifting the trophy in May

But every man in the centre of that pitch pulled his weight on Sunday, Henderson included. His work ethic was outstanding. Not for the first time, he stood up and did his job, taking his club a step closer to their first title for 30 years.

It is Liverpool’s to lose.

I said that last month, after Manchester City lost 2-0 at home to Wolves and they beat Leicester 2-1, and yesterday’s victory at Anfield only reinforced my beliefs.

Nine points is a big gap.

Barring any crazy injuries, Liverpool are well on their way to being crowned champions, with Henderson the man who would lift the trophy come May.

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