Player profile

Jordan Henderson

Birthdate: 17 June 1990
Birthplace: Sunderland, England
Other clubs: Sunderland (2006-11), Coventry City (loan 2009)
Bought from: Sunderland
Signed for LFC: £16m, 09.06.2011
International debut: 17.11.2010 vs. France
International caps: 18/0 (17 at LFC) - 15.11.2014
Liverpool debut: 13.08.2011
Last appearance: 17.12.2014
Debut goal: 27.08.2011
Last goal: 02.12.2014
Contract expiry: 2016
Win ratio: 53.25% W: 82 D: 30 L: 42
Games/goals ratio: 9.63
Honours: League Cup 2012
Total games/goals opposite LFC: 4 / 0
LFC league games/goals: 117 / 13
Total LFC games/goals: 154 / 16

Player profile

Henderson's breakthrough into the first team at Sunderland came as an 18-year-old in the 2008/09 season but he had actually been linked with his local Premier League club since he was only seven-years-old. As he progressed through different age-groups he played as a striker and a right-winger before moving back into the midfield role which he played in when he helped Sunderland’s Under-18 team win successive titles. Henderson was loaned to Coventry City in the Championship for the second half of the 2008/09 season but a metatarsal injury restricted him to only ten appearances. When fully recovered he became a fixture at Sunderland after returning to the Stadium of Light. His consistent performances brought him successive awards as Sunderland’s "Young Player of the Year" in the 2009/10 and 2010/11 seasons in which he was absent from only six Premier League matches. Sunderland boss Steve Bruce had great expectations on behalf of his young midfield dynamo after the first couple of months of the 2010/11 season: "It would be unfair of me to liken Jordan to Giggsy at this stage, but there are parallels - certainly Jordan is becoming as important to us as Giggsy was in his early days at Old Trafford. Jordan has got a very, very bright future. The sky's the limit for him. Jordan has everything you need from a modern-day player - he has a lovely feel for the ball, but he is also 6 ft. 2 in. already and has terrific energy." Henderson represented his country at Under-17 and Under-19 level before being called into the senior squad by Fabio Capello and making his full international debut on the same occasion as Andy Carroll, against France at Wembley in November 2010.

If Henderson is being groomed to play alongside and perhaps ultimately take Steven Gerrard's role in the team, he knows there is one aspect of his game that needs improving. Six goals in 92 appearances for Sunderland and Coventry is not a goals-per-game ratio he takes much pleasure in and he confesses that "it has been a weakness in my game. Top midfielders score goals. It is a vital part of the modern game." It might surprise his many detractors to realise that Jordan Henderson played in more first-team matches in 2011/12, 48 out of 51, than any other player at Liverpool. At times he seemed a little lost and not really sure what his role in the team was. He did score two goals during his debut season at Anfield, against Bolton in the second home match and Chelsea in the last, were finishes of supreme accuracy and confidence. At the end of May Henderson was called up into England's Euro 2012 squad following an injury to Chelsea's Frank Lampard that had ruled him out of the tournament, adding vital experience to his career by coming on as twice as substitute. Henderson seemed rejuvenated as Brendan Rodgers took over at Liverpool and his game has been flourishing, finally showing what he is capable of.

After a difficult first season with Liverpool, Henderson progressed rapidly in 2012/13, appearing in forty-four of the club's fifty-four competitive matches. He also added goals to his repertoire, something he was not previously noted for either with Liverpool or at his previous club, Sunderland. It was his strike in Udine that ensured qualification to the knock-out stage of the Europa League; and he followed that up by netting five times in Premier League matches in the second half of the season, including a brace at Newcastle. At international level, he was named the England Under-21 Player of the Year.

The midfielder again made great progress in 2013/14. He would have almost certainly appeared in every one of the club's forty-three competitive matches during the season. That he did not was due to a red card he received in the closing minutes of the crucial Anfield meeting with Manchester City in the middle of April. His energy was certainly missed during the following three matches, from which only four points were taken out of nine. Having only scored four Premier League goals during his Sunderland days, he matched that in a single season by scoring home and away against Tottenham and twice when Swansea City came to Anfield towards the end of February.

Having not played for the senior international team since England's last match of Euro 2012, Henderson made substitute appearances for his country against Chile and Germany towards the end of 2013. It was no surprise that he was named in Roy Hodgson's squad for the 2014 World Cup finals in Brazil. Henderson started England's first group match against Italy but was replaced by Jack Wilshere with about twenty minutes to go. He started again against Uruguay four days later but was again substituted, this time by Rickie Lambert, shortly after Luis Suarez had scored what turned out to be the winning goal of the match. Jordan was an unused substitute in the final group match against Costa Rica.

Appearances per season

SeasonLeagueFALCEuropeOtherTotal
Totals1171012150154
2011-2012 37560048
2012-2013 302210044
2013-2014 35320040
2014-2015 15025022

A more detailed look at the player's appearances

TotalOpponent
9Manchester United
8Stoke City
8Swansea City
8Everton
8Manchester City
7WBA
7Aston Villa
7Chelsea
6Newcastle United
6Sunderland
6Arsenal
6Tottenham
5West Ham United
5Fulham
5QPR
5Southampton
5Norwich City
4Wigan Athletic
3Cardiff City
3Hull City
2Oldham Athletic
2Wolves
2Bolton Wanderers
2Basel
2Hearts
2Young Boys
2Reading
2Udinese
2Blackburn Rovers
2Bournemouth
2Zenit St. Petersburg
2Ludogorets
1Crystal Palace
1Mansfield Town
1Exeter City
1Real Madrid
1Notts County
1Gomel
1Anzhi Makhachkala
1Leicester City
1Brighton & Hove Albion
Total Started/substitutions
129 Started
13 On the bench
25 Substitute
28 Substituted

Goals per season

SeasonLeagueFALCEuropeOtherTotal
Totals13012016
2011-2012 200002
2012-2013 500106
2013-2014 401005
2014-2015 200103

A more detailed look at the player's goalscoring

TotalStarted/substitutions
15Started
1Substitute
TotalGoal minute period
11-15 minutes
516-30 minutes
231-45 minutes
246-60 minutes
361-75 minutes
276-90 minutes
191-120 minutes
TotalOpen play/Penalty
16Open play
0Penalty

Wartime Appearances / Goals

SeasonAppearancesGoals
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Stats note

Milestone Appearances

#DateAgainstStadiumCompetition
113.08.2011SunderlandAnfieldLeague
5023.08.2012HeartsTynecastle StadiumEurope
10029.09.2013SunderlandStadium of LightLeague
15002.12.2014Leicester CityThe Walkers StadiumLeague

Milestone Goals

#MinuteDateAgainstStadiumCompetition
11527.08.2011Bolton WanderersAnfieldLeague

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Liverpool need time

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Henderson out to prove just how little Fergie jibe affected him

Published in the Liverpool Echo on 13 March, 2014 by James Pearce.More

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The player was in the squad the following season

SeasonShirt #Position
2011-2012 14 Midfielder
2012-2013 14 Midfielder
2013-2014 14 Midfielder
2014-2015 14 Midfielder
* Note, Since the 1993-94 season players have been allocated a fixed number.

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