Klopp says Liverpool captain “Henderson is a brilliant player.”
Jurgen Klopp says Jordan Henderson took "the most difficult job in the last 500 years of football" after replacing Steven Gerrard as Liverpool captain.
The Reds midfielder produced a brilliant performance from the bench at the St. Mary’s stadium on Friday night as his goal wrapped up a 3-1 win over Southampton.
The victory moved Klopp's side back to the to of the Premier League table ahead of Manchester City - who have a game in hand.
However, the Liverpool boss heaped praise on the 28-year-old England international, who is no longer an automatic choice in the holding-midfield position following the arrival of Brazil star Fabinho last summer.
"That goal meant so much to him and to us. He's just a fantastic boy. He deserves all the praise but he doesn't get too much of it," Klopp said, as quoted by the Telegraph.
“Hendo, from my point of view, is a brilliant player. He's our skipper, he's a fantastic character.
"If I had to write a book about Hendo, it would be 500 pages. So I'm very positive.
"The most difficult job in the last 500 years of football was to replace Steven Gerrard. In the mind of the people it was like, if it's not Stevie, then it's not good enough.
"And he has dealt with that outstandingly well, so he can be really proud. Now we have to think of the future and he is a very important part of our team."