Jordan Brian Henderson (born 17 June 1990) is an English professional footballer who captains Premier League club Liverpool. He also plays for the England national team and is usually deployed as a central midfielder for both club and country.
Henderson was born in Sunderland, Tyne and Wear and joined the youth system of his hometown club Sunderland aged eight. He signed a professional contract with the club on 1 July 2008. He played his first league game for Sunderland as a half-time substitute on 1 November 2008 in a 5–0 away defeat to Chelsea. He then made his first Sunderland start and home debut against Blackburn Rovers in the League Cup.
In January 2009, Henderson joined Championship club Coventry City on a one-month loan deal. He made his Coventry debut in a 2–1 defeat to Derby County. Henderson’s loan to Coventry was extended until the end of the season, and he scored the first senior goal of his career on 28 February 2009 against Norwich City. After picking up an injury, a fracture to the fifth metatarsal bone in his foot, he returned to Sunderland in April 2009.
In the 2009–10 season, Henderson broke into the Sunderland first team and made several Premier League appearances. He scored his first senior goal for the club against Birmingham City in the League Cup third round. He then went on to score his first Premier League goal against Manchester City on 19 December 2009.
Henderson spent the majority of the season on the right side of midfield but played centrally in the absence of Lee Cattermole; his versatility and consistency earning him a new five-year contract on 23 April 2010, keeping him with the club until 2015. He also went on to win the Sunderland Young Player of the Year award for the 2009–10 season.
On 13 January 2011, Henderson was listed on the official FIFA website as one of 13 young players to watch in 2011. He was named Sunderland’s Young Player of the Year for the second season running.
On 9 June 2011, Henderson was transferred to Liverpool for an undisclosed fee, thought to be worth between £16 and £20 million. He made his debut in Liverpool’s first game of the 2011–12 Premier League, a 1–1 draw against his former club Sunderland where he was given a mixed reception by Sunderland fans.
In 2010, he won his first cap for England, having previously played for and captained the under-21 team. He has represented the country at UEFA Euro 2012, UEFA Euro 2016 and the 2014 FIFA World Cup.
Henderson plays as a box-to-box midfielder and is widely regarded as a player who works hard and brings energy to the team. Described as an “athletic and hardworking midfielder,” Henderson has developed his game during his time at Liverpool into a more creative player. Furthermore, he constantly presses high up the field whenever the opposition is in possession.
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