Luis Suarez hails Jordan Henderson's improvement

Former Liverpool striker Luis Suarez believes that midfielder Jordan Henderson has "rebelled against the critics".

Luis Suarez has praised the development of his former Liverpool teammate Jordan Henderson since he arrived at the club.

The England international was signed by Kenny Dalglish from Sunderland for a reported £20m during the summer of 2011, but it was not until last season, when under the management of Brendan Rodgers, that Henderson started to flourish.

Speaking about the 24-year-old's recent rise to prominence, Barcelona attacker Suarez said that Henderson has "rebelled against the critics".

"In Jordan's case, the proof came last season. Jordan had changed so much. To start with, maybe he wanted to do too much at once, but he is intelligent and he learned with Brendan in the first year even if he didn't play much," Suarez writes in his autobiography, which has been serialised in The Guardian.

"You watched him the following season and he was playing the passes when he saw them. He was taking his time, he was calmer, cleverer. He learned to understand the movements of Daniel [Sturridge] and me more too, while the shift to a one-touch game suited him. He also rebelled against the critics. Maybe they brought out a part of his character that we didn't know he had. Brendan changed him - he changed us all."

Henderson has scored one goal during his 12 appearances for the Reds this season.

Kenny Dalglish the Liverpool manager looks on during the Barclays Premier League match between Norwich City and Liverpool at Carrow Road on April 28, 2012
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