Jordan Henderson refuses to take captain’s armband from Virgil Van Dijk after he came onto the pitch from the bench against Southampton.
Liverpool met Southampton this week, and Virgil Van Dijk was made the captain of the lineup in the absence of Jordan Henderson, who was available on the bench.
Later, the Reds’ manager Jurgen Klopp called Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain off in the 89th minute of Liverpool’s clash with Southampton and replaced him with Henderson.
The English midfielder jogged onto the pitch, and immediately signalled Van Dijk to keep the captain’s armband with him, Fans posted the clip on Reddit and have praised Henderson for coming on and putting Liverpool’s victory ahead of taking the armband.
Henderson was needed to steady the ship in the last few mins vs Saints. Came on and told VVD to keep the captain armband, still led by example pic.twitter.com/n5BisTRoYt
— Klopp (@BundesligaLFC) August 19, 2019
The 29-year-old midfielder has been praised for his gesture and giving an example to everyone to how to lead from the back. This is the second time when Henderson has been praised for his kind gesture.
Earlier, Henderson expressed his wish to lift the Champions League title with James Milner, but this idea by him was soon declined by Milner and Henderson did it by himself.
Liverpool skipper Henderson has continued to receive praise as Adrian Durham recently claimed that he is a “better leader and a better captain” than Reds legend Steven Gerrard.
Liverpool held off a late scare from Southampton on Saturday to claim a 2-1 victory and secure the top spot in the table. Sadio Mane handed the Reds a 1-0 lead before half-time and Roberto Firmino doubled their lead in the second half.
And while Danny Ings scored against his former side to hand the Saints a fighting chance, Liverpool took home all three points from their clash at the St Mary’s Stadium.
Liverpool are having a great start to their Premier League season and if they maintain their winning streak, they might gain a significant advantage over their rivals in the title race.