Jordan Henderson: How his impressive performance helped Liverpool to derby day victory

The Liverpool captain put in an all round performance in the Merseyside derby on Wednesday night.

Liverpool’s Jordan Henderson put in a true captain’s performance in Wednesday night’s Merseyside derby win, scoring one and assisting Mo Salah.

Henderson’s ability on the ball sometimes goes under the radar when he doesn’t score or assist, but his performance against Everton has earned him some much deserved praise.

Liverpool fans know how well the midfielder can dictate play, and this is something he certainly did at Goodison Park.

After 13 league appearances, Henderson has two goals and three assists. Combined with his work rate on and off the ball, the Reds captain is standing out in a season that promises to be a special one for Liverpool.

Neither of Henderson's goals this term have been tap-ins, with his swerving strike in the Merseyside derby crisp, clean and technically brilliant.

His assists haven’t been too bad either; who can forget his outside-of-the-boot through ball to Mo Salah at Old Trafford last month?

Mo Salah, right, celebrates scoring Liverpool’s second goal against Porto with Jordan Henderson. Picture: Clive Brunskill/Getty Images

In the wake of the 4-1 win over Everton, fans took to Twitter to praise their captain’s display and throughout the season so far.

“It’s mad how much of a great player Jordan Henderson has gone on to be,” one fan said.

“I don’t think I’ve ever seen a player progress to the extent he has.”

Another fan added: “Just thinking about Jordan Henderson’s performance last night and how he’s better than your club’s best midfielder but you don’t think so.”

“Is Jordan Henderson ever given the appreciation he truly deserves by football fans?” was a question posed by another fan.

“Not just a workhorse, he’s proven himself time and time again,” they added.

Jordan Henderson celebrates Liverpool’s win over Atletico Madrid. Picture: Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images

Former players also took the chance to praise Henderson’s performance on Amazon Prime, with one ex-Everton midfielder describing Hendo as “a manager’s dream”.

Leon Osman said: "He’s a manager’s dream. He really is.

“He’ll play deep, the six, and sit in front of the midfielders. I think sometimes players have that in them, rather be part of a big machine rather than be the standout player."

Henderson has been an integral part of Liverpool’s run this season, and the character shown to bounce back from defeat at West Ham last month is that of a team with plenty to offer.