The sight of Jordan Henderson wandering around the football pitch covering every blade of grass is a fan that Liverpool has become familiar with in recent times.

Captain Reds drew compliments, including from some of his previous critics, for his tireless running and never-to-die attitude.

Yet this is not a new trait, or one that Henderson has developed over time, but one apparently rooted in him, as his former Sunderland teammate Anton Ferdinand explained.

“My first game for Sunderland was a reserve team game and he played on the right wing,” Ferdinand told Joe. “I told some tech staff members ‘who that guy is, has a chance.’

Henderson became famous for his fieldwork rhythm
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“When he started training with us, I saw what everyone sees now in terms of work ethic.

“For example, if I was in the gym and did 20 pull-ups, he would watch it and since I was a player on the first team, I think he should be able to do the same.

“He would make sure he could do it in the coming weeks. This shows the mental strength he had.

Liverpool captain chases Fred of Man Utd on Sunday
Liverpool captain chases Fred of Man Utd on Sunday
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“Pre-season, he made sure he was in great shape by returning to the beginning of the season. As a footballer, having this takes your confidence to the next level.”

Henderson almost left Liverpool for Fulham in 2012, but declined a move to stay and fight for his place.

The 29-year-old midfielder has always been present for his team this season, appearing in 29 games already.

Henderson stops Diogo Dalot in his tracks
Henderson stops Diogo Dalot in his tracks
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And he was in an impressive form for Liverpool’s clash with rivals Man Utd on Sunday, earning the man’s prize of the match for his part in the 2-0 win, and further praise from BBC Sport expert Garth Crooks.

“If you consider that there were moments last season when Jordan Henderson was struggling to make the first XI, it is quite extraordinary to think that he is now the first player you could give a pencil to on the Liverpool team,” Crooks told BBC .

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“Their captain has been magnificent this season and no more than against Manchester United.

“Henderson is a professional model and in the true mold of the Anfield greats. He always applauds his teammates.

“He has already raised the Champions League trophy and very soon he will add the Premier League title to his list of results.”

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