Jordan Henderson was fast to defend Liverpool teammate Virgil van Dijk after a faux quote from Michael Ballack was extensively circulated on social media.
A number of shops reported that Ballack had claimed that Van Dijk was lucky to be taking part in in an period when the standard of Premier League attackers is seemingly not as excessive because it has been prior to now, inferring that he might have struggled in opposition to these gamers.
It’s claimed that Ballack stated: “Virgil van Dijk could be very fortunate to play in an period the place there isn’t any Drogba, Lampard, Alan Shearer, Henry, Rooney, Van Persie, Tevez, Adebayor and Diego Costa within the Premier League.”
Regardless that the German by no means uttered these phrases, the quote has been extensively shared on social media, and Henderson caught sight of it on Instagram.
Responding to 1 publish referencing the phrases, the Liverpool captain merely wrote: “They’re the lucky ones.”
Henderson additionally heaped reward on Van Dijk earlier this month.
He told BT Sport : “I couldn’t communicate extremely sufficient of him as a participant. After all, all people is aware of how good he’s and what he’s accomplished over the past couple of years for the staff, he’s been immense.
“He’s won his individual awards and rightly so. He’s an unbelievable defender, an unbelievable player.
“But for me, he’s brought something huge off the pitch. I couldn’t speak highly enough of him off the pitch and the type of man and person that he is.
“He’s an unbelievable individual, a fantastic chief to have within the dressing room and he’s given all people a giant increase from the primary minute that he got here in.
“Every day it’s a pleasure to be around him, [he’s] always smiling, always in a good frame of mind and he’s had a huge impact in the dressing room and on the pitch since he’s been at the club.
“He does things properly, leads by example and I’m just delighted for him [with] how he’s been playing and getting all the awards that he’s been getting because it’s well deserved and he deserves everything he gets.”
Henderson and Van Dijk have each been key figures in what appears to be like like being the season through which Liverpool will finally safe their first league title in 30 years.