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As the entire England team wheeled away to celebrate a last-minute win over Tunisia at the World Cup, every fan was applauding the efforts of Harry Kane.

After all, the captain had pulled the side out from the depths of despair with an expert header. Hell, the Spurs man was even smart enough to peel off his defender and find space in a crowded box during the dying moments of a World Cup match – incredible!

Almost every English fan has gone on to praise the striker, who might be a real contender for the Golden Boot at the tournament but another player got a lot of praise from fans and pundits alike, Jordan Henderson.

Yes, the Henderson who seems to split opinion among the Liverpool fans.

Ever since he was signed from Sunderland in 2011, Liverpool fans have been unsure of what he does or bring to the game.

Probably his best season came when we almost won the title under Brendan Rodgers. The English midfielder was given a free-roam and his running and energy should have led us to the title until he got sent off against Manchester City, which saw him miss three very crucial games.

The weight of expectation on the former Sunderland man certainly has been huge since many started believing that he could be the one to take over from our talisman, Steven Gerrard.
He’s not a Gerrard but is a man of his own style.

So, he can run, he has a lot of energy, he is English and he had one good season, he is our Gerrard replacement. Well, no, no one can be a “Gerrard” any more. Stevie was his own kind of player and Henderson is going to be his own kind of player too.

Rodgers could not get the best out of the former Sunderland man after that close season in 13-14 and mediocrity had hit the Reds with us failing to break into the top-four regularly.

The narrative under Jurgen Klopp now seems to be that Henderson can do a decent job but he isn’t dynamic enough to play for us. He passes the ball around sideways more often than not.

Well, people are finally waking up and aren’t taking this nonsense any more.

The professionalism that Henderson displays, even knowing that most of his own fans don’t rate him is remarkable. Credit must also be given to Klopp, who seems to have found something that Henderson is good at doing and that is making us tick.

Alright, so he does not have a thunderbolt of a shot in him. He does not have the dribbling ability that a Luka Modric or an Andres Iniesta might have. He doesn’t flail his arms around or tries to grab attention of the referees regularly but he is good at what he does and seems to be getting better.

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Henderson has been made as a scapegoat whenever we or England don’t play well but when we do, he is excellent. Similarly, take him out of the team and his metronome passing and ease on the ball go missing and the entire team just does not function properly.

It is probably because he doesn’t say much about all the abuse he gets from everyone but the Englishman just keeps going on with it and it is only a matter of time before he is hailed as one of the better players we have had in years.

All he needs now are a few trophies under his belt and once he wins some medals, it will certainly help the critics shut up for good.

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Former Manchester United star believes only Liverpool can “stop” Manchester City

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Gary Neville has claimed that only Liverpool can stop Manchester City after the Cityzens dispatched Manchester United in the Manchester derby on Sunday.

The Reds are a couple of points behind Pep Guardiola’s side, and after Chelsea’s 0-0 draw against Everton, the former United man believes the Blues don’t have it in them to stop City.

Speaking on his podcast (h/t Liverpool Echo), the Englishman believed City were on the right track to retaining their Premier League crown:

“Winning one league is an achievement, winning back-to-back titles makes you a great team and Man City are on the brink of that.

“At this moment in time, I only feel like Liverpool can stop them.”

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Neville stated that although Chelsea are doing well under Maurizio Sarri, only the Reds were capable of stopping City.

The former Manchester United defender added that there is another problem as we seem to be the only team capable of taking points off the Cityzens.

“The problem for Liverpool is that it doesn’t look like anyone else can lay a glove on City, that’s the problem they’ve got.”

Guardiola’s men have been supreme this season but they have dropped points against Wolverhampton Wanderers and lost to Lyon in the Champions League.

Read more: “Hopefully they can win the Premier League” – Former Liverpool star urges club to break Premier League duck

We need someone else to beat or draw with City to have a real chance of winning the title, and hopefully, a rival steps up and puts a spanner in City’s machine soon.

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“Now it’s time to celebrate my birthday” – What the Liverpool players said after 2-0 win over Fulham

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Liverpool survived a bit of a scare early on but got the three points with a 2-0 win over Fulham on Sunday.

The win pushed us up to second in the Premier League table as Chelsea drew and Manchester City won their respective games.

It seemed that Aleksandar Mitrovic had opened the scoring in the first half but his effort was ruled offside.

Quick thinking from Alisson and Trent Alexander-Arnold helped Mohamed Salah score the first goal of the game, and the Egyptian posted an image of his boots.

The other goalscorer was Xherdan Shaqiri. The Swiss star volleyed in our second after half-time and he certainly was pleased with his performance at Anfield.

Andy Robertson provided the cross for our second, and the Scottish captain was happy that the Reds won after their midweek defeat to Red Star Belgrade.

James Milner got a few minutes on the pitch after coming on as a substitute.

Our starting midfielders were Fabinho and Georginio Wijnaldum. While the Brazilian did a great job in midfield, Wijnaldum had more to celebrate.

It was the Dutch midfielder’s birthday and Jurgen Klopp did sub him around 20 minutes before the end of the game.

Simon Mignolet hasn’t played a single minute in our Premier League campaign, but the Belgian was quick to celebrate the win too.

Read more: “Hopefully they can win the Premier League” – Former Liverpool star urges club to break Premier League duck

Liverpool play Watford when the players return after the international break. The Reds are a couple of points behind Manchester City at the top of the table, and getting the three points at Vicarage Road will be difficult.

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Liverpool handed incredible home record after 2-0 win over Fulham

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Liverpool’s 2-0 win over Fulham sent them to the top of the Premier League until Manchester City’s win over Manchester United in the late game.

The win took us to 30 points from 12 matches and helped us reach a small milestone too. The Liverpool Echo reports that the Reds now have the best home record of any team in the top five leagues.

Barcelona held the record with 42 unbeaten home games, but the Catalan’s surprisingly lost to Real Betis 4-3 yesterday.

The last time we lost a home Premier League game was in 2017 with Crystal Palace getting the three points.

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Christian Benteke was the chief architect of our destruction that day, and the report claims that we haven’t lost the 27 games held at Anfield since.

The Reds have picked up 18 wins and nine draws from those 27 games, and this season, we have been solid at the back too.

Liverpool have conceded only one goal in their home Premier League games this season which was against Cardiff a couple of weeks ago.

Our home form has been excellent under Jurgen Klopp and we face some tough sides before the end of the year.

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Everton, Manchester United and Arsenal all visit Anfield before the New Year. The festive period could define our Premier League challenge, and it will be interesting to see if we can finish this campaign unbeaten.

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