Speaking exclusively to Football Insider, pundit Danny Mills has claimed that replacing Jordan Henderson will be the ‘hardest thing for Liverpool to do’ in future seasons – with both manager Jurgen Klopp and sporting director Michael Edwards facing a huge task in finding an heir to the midfielder.
Henderson, starting 22 games for us this season in the Premier League, scoring three goals and assisting five others, has been arguably one of our key players behind a successful domestic title challenge – captaining the side to within touching distance of a first league crown in 30 years.
Back in early January, his performances to highlight what is debatably the best form of his Liverpool career earned admiration from Reds boss Klopp – with the German lauding the fact he has been ‘outstanding‘ and ‘incredible‘ alongside midfield partner Georginio Wijnaldum this season.
Will Liverpool struggle to find an heir to Henderson?
Now, speaking to Football Insider in full agreement, ex-England international Danny Mills has heaped praise on Henderson whilst claiming that eventually replacing the 29-year-old will be our club’s hardest challenge in the coming years.
Mills, as well as hinting nobody can replicate what Henderson does in our midfield, has also claimed that he is the ‘driving force‘ behind our title challenge – even taking into account the contribution of star players Mohamed Salah, Sadio Mane and Virgil van Dijk.
Indeed, his WhoScored stats also back up this theory, with the Englishman making more tackles on average than any other Liverpool player in the league – all the while registering an 84.5% pass accuracy.
“It is interesting when you look at Liverpool and how good that midfield is but the one player they will have to replace sooner rather than later is Jordan Henderson,” Mills explained to Football Insider.
“He will be the hardest player to replace – his drive, ambition, desire and professionalism.
“Henderson is not getting any younger. You have Wijnaldum, Keita, Fabinho and Oxlade Chamberlain coming into form, but Henderson is the driving force.
“Trying to find a replacement for him will be the hardest thing for Liverpool to do.”
Taking into account his contribution this season, it’s definitely hard to argue with Mills’ assessment – with both Klopp and Edwards potentially having to consider a plan of action in the future.