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: 22/0 (21 at LFC) - 14.06.2015
Liverpool debut: 13.08.2011
Last appearance: 24.05.2015
Debut goal: 27.08.2011
Last goal: 04.04.2015
Contract expiry: 2016
Win ratio: 53.23% W: 99 D: 38 L: 49
Games/goals ratio: 9.3
Honours: League Cup 2012
Total games/goals opposite LFC: 4 / 0
LFC league games/goals: 139 / 17
Total LFC games/goals: 186 / 20
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.
The club's vice-captain missed only one Premier League match in 2014/15 and also appeared in seventeen cup-ties to take his total of first-team appearances for Liverpool close to the two hundred mark. He also scored more club goals than in any previous season, his seven including eye-catching strikes in successive home matches early in March against Manchester City and Burnley. In Steven Gerrard's absence he coolly converted a penalty-kick at Arsenal in April and is therefore a serious candidate to take over that role in the team following the captain's decision to continue his playing-career in the United States. Still only twenty-four years old when the season ended the club wisely extended Jordan's contract to take him close to his thirtieth birthday in 2020.