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Big things were expected of Jordan Henderson when Kenny Dalglish coughed up a reported £16m to land the midfielder from Sunderland in the summer of 2011.
Two seasons on and the England Under-21 captain has failed to justify his hefty price tag. There were, however, signs in the last six months of the 2012/13 season that Henderson did have the ability to make the grade at Anfield.
Deployed by Brendan Rodgers in a slightly advanced midfield role just ahead of Lucas and Steven Gerrard, he had chipped in with five goals and four assists come the end of the season.
More impressive, however, is his minutes per goal involvement ratio. Henderson had an involvement in a goal for his side, on average, every 142 minutes—bettered only by Chelsea's Juan Mata (108 mins) and Frank Lampard (116 mins), and fellow Red Philippe Coutinho (113 mins).
Henderson deserves credit for not letting the doubters affect his confidence, and retaining the belief that he had the ability somewhere in his locker to contribute effectively to the Liverpool side.
There are many football fans out there—Liverpool fans included—that still knock him, seeing him as an easy target when the team fails to perform. But those that follow Liverpool closely will tell you that Henderson is a player that always gives 100%, a player that never shies away from criticism and who never looks to hide when things aren't going well.
If he can combine the self-belief he has had since day one with the ability he showed towards the end of last season then he could be a real asset to what Rodgers is trying to achieve.
Despite the disappointment of the England Under-21s' dismal European Championship campaign, on the back of a solid end to his domestic season, Henderson has the opportunity now to completely turn his Liverpool career around.