Liverpool’s visit to the Stadium of Light should see the return to Wearside of ex-Sunderland academy product Jordan Henderson.
Jordan’s season so far has been ruined by injury, but he’s recently returned to the Liverpool team and I imagine this is the fixture more than any other, that he wants to play in.
Having come through the academy at his hometown club, then moving to Liverpool and playing for England, I hope the present young players at Sunderland are at the match and watching him to see what can be achieved with hard work and dedication.
It’s not just Henderson’s ability which has got him to where he is.
It’s also his desire and work-rate, and you could tell from his early games in a Sunderland shirt how much he wanted it.
His high energy and natural fitness make him the perfect example of the modern-day midfielder; able to get box-to-box and if he can improve his goals output, he’ll add an extra dimension to his game.
Henderson joined Liverpool for big money and at first, it looked like the fee affected him, but he recovered from a shaky start and has since proved that it was money well spent.
He’s so established now at Anfield that when the legendary Steven Gerrard left, it was Henderson who was handed the captain’s armband.
And with Liverpool being a club known across the globe, that shows the standing the Sunderland lad has in the game right now.
Let’s just hope he doesn’t return to haunt Sunderland at the Stadium of Light tomorrow.