Liverpool captain Jordan Henderson provided an assist and scored a goal as the Reds came out 3-1 winners against Southampton on Friday night.
The 28-year-old’s experience, energy and drive proved crucial as Jurgen Klopp’s men grabbed the three points.
Supporters on Twitter were praising Henderson’s impact on the game:
He was incredible. Turned the tide in our favour.
— Pete Taylor (@25pistol1982) 5 April 2019
The effort to get forward for that, class. That header shouldn’t go unappreciated for salah’s goal either, immense. What a man, what a team
— IanH (@hawkeye260) 5 April 2019
Absolute monster half hour.
— John Russell (@_john_russell) 5 April 2019
— Haitham (@HaithamfREE_DOM) 5 April 2019
Brilliant player. Better captain.
— tim sinclair (@timmysinclair) 5 April 2019
— jedha (@GeddajO) 5 April 2019
Didn’t like the sub when it happened. Sure glad I’m not the manager!
— Dan Tyman (@dan_tyman) 5 April 2019
Get in Hendo!! What a performance!!
— Armchair Pundit (@PunditArmchair) 5 April 2019
Game totally moved up a gear when our Captain came on with Milner. Total quality and well worth an 18 month wait. Roll on Tuesday and Sunday 😀
— Mrs Teddy-Legs (@lawort) 5 April 2019
— full of beans (@davedirtydagger) 5 April 2019
The Reds had been struggling in the middle of the park with Naby Keita and Georginio Wijnaldum unable to provide cover as the Saints continually caught Liverpool on the counter-attack
Henderson’s introduction after 59 minutes, along with James Milner, helped to steady the ship, allowing the Reds to gain a foothold and apply constant pressure to their opponents.
The midfielder played a vital role in both goals scored in the second half, heading the ball into the path of Mo Salah who ran the length of the field to score a brilliant goal.
Henderson then sealed the win himself, arriving late in the box to calmly slot home from a perfectly executed cross from Roberto Firmino.