Date: 29th September 2014 at 11:38am
Written by:

Jordan Henderson has leapt to the defence of captain Steven Gerrard, who has come under fire for some below par performances this season.

The Reds skipper answered his critics in style with a superb free kick in the 1-1 draw with Everton on Saturday, and Henderson believes the 34-year-old showed why he should still be considered one of the best players in the Premier League.

The vice-captain said: “Stevie’s still one of the best players in the Premier League.”There’s no doubting his quality. A lot of teams have been putting┬ásomeone to man-mark him, which shows just how good he is.

“I don’t think he deserves any criticism. He’s been the best player this league’s probably seen in a long time and still is.”

The Reds have so far struggled to find the form they showed last season, and currently sit 13th in the Premier League table with just seven points from a possible 18.

But Henderson believes the performance during Saturday’s draw was a vast improvement, and considers the Reds to be unfortunate not to have come away with all three points.

“The performance was very good, back to the level we expect,” he said.

“The intensity was good all over the pitch, we worked hard, we were more fluent going forward and we made chances as well. And also we defended really well throughout the game┬áso that was pleasing.

“We did quite a lot of work during the week on defending and I think we showed just how well we can defend, so that needs to be the case from now on.

“Then with the goal, there’s not much you can do about that, it’s a great strike.”