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The Liverpool midfielder appears to be enjoying his best season to date for the club, having been criticised during his early days

He was once offered the chance to leave Liverpool. That was back in August 2012 and Jordan Henderson turned it down. Today, he is one of the key elements in Brendan Rodgers's free-flowing side.

The midfielder turned in another eye-catching performance in the Reds's 4-3 win over Swansea on Sunday night, netting a curler to put them 2-0 up before subsequently scoring the winning goal with the match at 3-3.

Having signed from Sunderland in 2011 for £20 million, Henderson struggled in his first season. He was offered the opportunity to go to Fulham, but his decision to stay and buckle down to put in the hard yards has paid off.

The 23-year-old is now an established starter this season and a vital component of the football Rodgers has brought to Anfield. The latter praised Henderson's leadership after the victory over Swansea, leaving no doubt about how highly valued he is.

"You could see him driving the team on," Rodgers said.

"His first goal was an outstanding goal. We've spoken to him about getting up there - in training his finishing is sublime, he works at it. But what's really pleasing for me is the second goal because we've been speaking to him about getting in the box, he's got the legs and energy to do that.

Rodgers also hailed Henderson as the most improved player in the Premier League earlier this season and it seems like the majority of Goal Singapore readers feel he has become dramatically better as well, with 78.5% indicating that he has come on leaps and bounds.

With four goals so far, Henderson is on course to eclipse his six-goal haul last season and if he continues his fine form, could well find himself on the plane to Brazil for England in June.

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