Take a statistical look back at Jordan Henderson’s achievements across a remarkable 12-year playing spell with Liverpool that will come to a close after he sealed a move to Al-Ettifaq today.
Henderson leaves Anfield having played just shy of 500 games for the club since making his debut against previous team Sunderland in August 2011. His final total of 492 places the midfielder in joint-15th on the Reds’ all-time list of appearances, level with Roger Hunt. The vast majority of his outings of course came in the Premier League – 360, to be precise, which is behind only Jamie Carragher and Steven Gerrard. There were also 56 in the Champions League as Liverpool reached the competition’s final on three occasions during his time with the club. Manchester City were his most frequent opponents with 28 appearances in all competitions.
8 trophies won
His first season with the club included silverware in the form of the 2012 League Cup, with Henderson starting the final against Cardiff City that the Reds won on penalties at Wembley. Seven years passed before the Englishman again tasted trophy success but the wait proved worth it. Champions League glory in Madrid in 2019 was followed by a UEFA Super Cup medal and Liverpool’s first ever FIFA Club World Cup. The elusive Premier League title was added to the cabinet during a stellar 2019-20 campaign, and Henderson hoisted aloft both the League Cup and FA Cup in his penultimate season. Victory in last term’s Community Shield added a further flourish to the honours list.
3 managers worked under
Henderson was signed from Sunderland by Sir Kenny Dalglish in the summer of 2011 as the legendary Scot prepared for the first full season of his second spell in the Liverpool dugout. Following Dalglish’s departure and the appointment of Brendan Rodgers the next summer, Henderson rejected a move away from Anfield and steadily worked his way into the starting XI. Such was his progress under Rodgers, the midfielder was named vice-captain to Gerrard ahead of 2014-15 and then succeeded the long-serving skipper a year later. Henderson continued as both leader of the squad and a regular fixture in the line-up when Jürgen Klopp took the managerial reins in October 2015.
8 years as Liverpool captain
After taking up the role in 2015, Henderson went on to wear the captain’s armband for eight seasons for Liverpool, with only four men skippering the team in more games than his 268 in club history. On that particular list, Henderson moved one match and one place above Alex Raisbeck during the final weeks of the 2022-23 campaign. There were seven trophy lifts across his tenure as Reds captain, encompassing a magnificent set of world, European and domestic honours given the ‘Hendo shuffle’ treatment first performed when the Champions League was secured four years ago.
33 goals scored
The No.14’s first Reds goal came in the early weeks of his debut season on Merseyside, a controlled finish off his left foot in a home meeting with Bolton Wanderers. Henderson delivered several stunning finishes across his dozen years, including a thunderous Anfield strike in a victory over Manchester City in 2015, a pinpoint effort from long range at Stamford Bridge in 2016, and a coolly controlled Merseyside derby goal across Stanley Park during 2021-22. The latter proved to be Henderson’s final goal wearing the red shirt.
58 assists provided
Henderson also created a goal on 58 occasions for Liverpool, with 45 of those assists coming in Premier League action. Only six players have bettered that total in the division during their time with the Reds. His most prolific campaign in this regard was 2014-15 when he racked up 14 assists, including nine in the top flight. The players Henderson set up for a goal most often at the club were Luis Suarez (eight) and Mohamed Salah (seven) – with his outside-of-the-boot raking pass for the latter to complete a hat-trick at Old Trafford in 2021-22 a notable highlight among them.
10 major final appearances
Henderson represented Liverpool in 10 major finals during his time at Anfield – all of which were starts and six of which ended in the Reds claiming the silverware on offer. There were three Champions League finals, two FA Cup finals, three League Cup finals and one apiece in the UEFA Super Cup and FIFA Club World Cup, while the midfielder was an unused substitute in the 2016 Europa League decider having picked up an injury ahead of that occasion. Henderson also started two of Liverpool’s three participations in the Community Shield under Klopp, with the most recent last summer finally ticking that box on his medal CV.
1 PFA Team of the Year entry
The No.14’s individual form within Liverpool’s Premier League title-winning machine of 2019-20 saw Henderson voted into the PFA Premier League Team of the Year by his peers. He featured in 30 of the Reds’ league fixtures that season as they tallied up a club-record 99 points, providing four goals and five assists to help Klopp’s men end the 30-year wait for Liverpool to be crowned champions again in the most emphatic style.