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Cascarino: Liverpool skipper Henderson better than Matic; a match for Kante

Former Chelsea striker Tony Cascarino believes Liverpool captain Jordan Henderson deserves better press.

The 27-year-old was in good form against Newcastle at the weekend, helping his side to a 2-0 win over the Magpies at Anfield.

Cascarino wrote for The Times: "When I hear fans criticising Jordan Henderson I think: 'am I watching a different game.' He is as important to Liverpool as all their flair players.

"He keeps things simple, he robs the ball off the opposition and brings energy to the midfield. He also chips in with the odd goal.

"Henderson's work allows the creative players to express themselves; on Saturday, he allowed Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain to get forward to set up the opening goal for Mo Salah.

"I was talking about this on the radio yesterday and someone said that he's not as good as Nemanja Matic at Manchester United, but I don't see it.

"Matic, Fernandinho and Manchester City and N'Golo Kanté at Chelsea get the praise for that role, but Henderson does it as well as anyone else."

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