Liverpool have made a successful start to the season, and have established themselves early on as title contenders going into the second international break of the campaign in October sitting in fourth place, trailing third-placed Arsenal only by goal difference and find themselves just two points off the pace after seven games.
We all know that Liverpool under German manager Jurgen Klopp like to play possession football, avoiding the use of long ball unless deemed absolutely necessary. That style of play not only requires a team that can keep the ball extremely well with few misplaced passes, but a central midfielder that can pull the string for your team, and Jordan Henderson has been the man that has managed to do that for the boys from Anfield so far this season.
He has completed the most passes per game out of anybody in the league this season, and has featured in all seven of Liverpool’s opening Premier League fixtures up until this point. The England international has managed to complete on average 84.1 passes per game in midfield, the most in the league by far. His nearest competitor is Santi Cazorla of Arsenal, who has completed on average a still impressive 71.9 passes per game. He is closely followed by Manchester United’s record signing Paul Pogba, who has weighed in with an average of 71.2 passes per game.
Henderson has put in a string of quality performances from deep midfield this season for Jurgen Klopp’s side, with the highlight being the wonder-goal he scored at Stamford Bridge back in September. In addition to his remarkable amount of passes, the Englishman also has a pass completion rate of 90%.
In the league this season, Henderson has made on average 1.32 key passes per game, and has assisted one goal. As well as his good work on the ball, Henderson has done his fair share of good work off the ball. He has won on average 2.79 tackles per game, and has won 60% of his total aerial duels.
Henderson has been very good in the midfield for season, but can he and his teammates under the management of Jurgen Klopp lead Liverpool to the Premier League title this season?