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Henderson hailed as ‘the new Van Dijk’

Jordan Henderson reacts during the English Premier League football match between Liverpool and Manchester City at Anfield

Former Liverpool defender Jose Enrique has quipped that captain Jordan Henderson is the new Virgil van Dijk.

In an interview with the Daily Mail, the Spaniard is thankfully declared to be fighting fit again after beating cancer.

Enrique still keeps an eye on events at Anfield and has been watching their recent defensive crisis with interest.

He said:

“Jordan is the new [Virgil] Van Dijk in the team!

“I saw [James] Milner say the other day, he’s doing so well as a centre-back he needs to be careful otherwise he’ll stay.

“You can play him anywhere on the pitch, same with Milly, and you know they are going to perform because they are leaders.

“People started criticising Hendo early on which is normal when you move to a big team.

“He arrived when he was 21 and I always say I understand how he was feeling because it happened to me on a lesser scale but when I arrived at Newcastle I was 21 as well and it was so difficult to start in the Premier League.

“He arrived at a big team and everyone straight away is saying “he’s going to be the new Stevie G” and it’s a lot of pressure.

“He put himself under a lot of pressure as well because he really wanted to perform.

“But since the first day you could see he really wanted to work hard, not just as a footballer but as a man as well.

“I’m the happiest man in the world because he really deserves everything.

“He’s a great captain and a great guy. He’s an example for every single kid in the world.”