‘Always answer the right way’: Jamie Carragher leads the praise for Jordan Henderson after his flawless performance against Senegal ended with a goal…with the midfielder becoming the first Liverpool player to score in Qatar in the process
Jordan Henderson scored England’s opener in their dominant display against Senegal – becoming the first Liverpool player to score in the 2022 World Cup.
With Jurgen Klopp’s side under intense pressure at home after a shaky start to their Premier League campaign, the World Cup was an opportunity for some of their players to get away from Anfield.
But it wasn’t until the 38th minute when Henderson made a low shot, breaking the deadlock against Senegal, that a Liverpool player scored in Qatar.
Reds legend Jamie Carragher tweeted: ‘Brilliant Jordan Henderson! So often questioned, but always answered correctly.’
Jamie Carragher led the praise for Jordan Henderson after his performance against Senegal
Henderson became the first Liverpool player to score in the 2022 World Cup with his opener
As Opta highlighted, 32-year-old Henderson became England’s second-oldest-ever World Cup goalscorer after his goal. However, he has a long way to go to overtake record holder Tom Finney, who was 36 when he scored a penalty in 1958 to equalize against the USSR five minutes from time.
Henderson was withdrawn in the 81st minute to a standing ovation. He was replaced by Manchester City’s Kalvin Phillips with the score tied at 3-0 with no more goals being scored in the last 16 games.
England fell head over heels in the early stages of their game against the Africa Cup of Nations champions at Al Bayt Stadium. It was a nerve-racking start, which was settled by Henderson’s goal.
It was Jude Bellingham’s (R) pass that scored Henderson’s first goal on 38 minutes
Jude Bellingham’s ball was perfect for Henderson to shoot into the net under Senegalese goalkeeper Edouard Mendy.
Further goals from Harry Kane and Bukayo Saka sealed England’s place in the quarter-finals against France, who beat Poland 3–1 in the earlier game.
The meeting between England and France is the last of the quarter-finals to be played. Henderson’s team will return to the Al Bayt stadium on Saturday evening to take on Kylian Mbappé’s team.
Liverpool have had a shaky start to their home season and are currently in sixth place
Liverpool are currently sixth in the Premier League, 15 points behind leaders Arsenal. It’s a far cry from the Reds’ performance in recent seasons where they’ve battled for first place.
Klopp’s side will return to competitive play with the League Cup tie against Phillips’ City on December 22, ahead of their league clash with Aston Villa on Boxing Day.