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‘It’s a fact’ – Ferdinand makes claim about Liverpool captain Henderson

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Former Manchester United defender Rio Ferdinand insists that Liverpool captain Jordan Henderson is “vital” for both club and country.

Henderson arrived at Liverpool from Sunderland in 2011. 11 years and 433 appearances later and the 31-year-old has captained the Reds to glory in the Premier League, Champions League, UEFA Super Cup, FIFA Club World Cup and Carabao Cup.

He has had to face fierce criticism for club and country over the years but he seems to now be more appreciated by neutral supporters due to his success on and off the pitch in recent seasons.

Declan Rice and Kalvin Phillips were England’s main two midfielders as they reached the Euro 2020 final last year and Ferdinand was asked whether Henderson deseres his place in the England team.

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The former Man Utd centre-back told his Vibe with Five YouTube channel: “When he doesn’t play for Liverpool, they’re not as good. It’s a fact.

“I just feel that someone like Jordan Henderson offers more than just ability in a Liverpool shirt and in an England shirt and I think he’s vital.

“Whether he plays or not, now that’s a different story because that’s debatable. But being in this as a squad member, there’s no doubt in my mind.”

Meanwhile, Henderson said last week that he thought Liverpool’s FA Cup semi-final against Manchester City should be moved to a neutral venue in the north.

The Football Association confirmed on Friday that the tie between the north-west giants will go ahead at the national stadium in north London on April 16 despite the West Coast Mainline train service being down over the Easter weekend because of engineering works.

“I think this time, I’ve been thinking a bit more about the fans,” Henderson said.

“In many ways it’s their day, and not being able to get down to London for different reasons – the cost of that…

“In my head it would make sense obviously to change it to a (different) neutral venue, especially with it being two teams from the north-west.

“That’s just my opinion. There’s obviously complications within that I’m sure which the FA have got to overcome but looking at the fans, which is probably the most important thing for me and something that we’ve learned over the past couple of years how important the fans are to football, that it is really disappointing to see that it’s a struggle and it’s got to be expensive for them to get there.

“To be honest – again, my opinion, and I love playing at Wembley – I would like to keep Wembley for finals anyway. I think (we should) play semi-finals at neutral grounds like it used to be.

“I think that was quite exciting, quite good and then obviously the final at Wembley to make it extra special.”

 

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