“I don’t remember Liverpool fans ever singing Henderson’s name, despite him joining the select band of heroes who have lifted the Champions League trophy as Reds captain in Madrid last May.
“Yet the Anfield faithful have finally come up with a song to salute the leader who will be eyeing up the chance to lift the Premier League trophy and cementing his place in Liverpool folklore in a few weeks time.
“Henderson led the second-half charge that blew Southampton away on Saturday, scored a fine goal that made the result comfortable for Liverpool and then had a rousing ovation was he was taken off late on.
“All credit to the lad because he has turned himself in a wonderful leader at the heart of this Liverpool team and I suspect manager Jurgen Klopp decided to substitute him with a couple of minutes to go because he knew the fans would give him the salute he was due.
“Henderson is a shining example of a player who has taken his game up several levels working under Klopp and his coaching staff and when you look around the Liverpool team, there are examples of that.”
Similarly, Alan Shearer was full of praise for the Sunderland academy graduate on Match of the Day, saying of his performances against the Saints: “I believe if the season ended tomorrow, he would be my player of the season. There’s no doubt about it.